Water Saving Tips

Indoor Water Saving Tips

  • Don't let the water run when washing the dishes or your hands
  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water, conserving both water and gas/electric
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve
  • Replace old water fixtures (toilets, clothes washers, and showerheads) with the newer low flow fixtures
  • Check for leaky faucets and repair immediately
    • Contact the City's Water Use Efficiency Coordinator at jloukeh@chinohills.org for free leak detection cards while supplies last
    • Test your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring/dye tab in the tank
      • Food coloring/dye will stain your toilet
  • Turn off the water while you shave
  • Install faucet aerators on all of your faucets
  • Wash full loads of clothes or dishes
  • When staying in a hotel, reuse towels and bedding

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  • Add mulch around trees, shrubs and ground cover to help prevent erosion, reduce water lost to evaporation, and provide insulation
  • Aim for "head-to-head" coverage - the spray of one sprinkler should reach the head of the sprinkler closest to it
  • Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as slopes and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways
  • Check to see that your sprinklers are watering the landscape and not any hardscape
  • Check to see that your sprinklers are popping up above the grass
  • Consult a landscape professional if you have questions about landscape maintenance and/or sprinkler system operation, questions you can ask your landscaper about your irrigation system are:
    • How many sprinkler zones/stations do I have?
    • How many days does my irrigation system run and for how many minutes per zone?
    • Will my irrigation shut off automatically if it rains or do I have to shut it off manually?
  • Group plants with the same water needs together or place them on the same irrigation cycle
  • Hand water dry spots with a hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • If you notice brown spots in your lawn, check sprinklers to see if any of the heads are twisted
  • Inspect for broken or misaligned sprinklers
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve (if there is one)
  • Only water your lawn when needed - if you leave footprints on the lawn when walking on it, it's time to water
  • Reduce runoff by watering with shorter irrigation cycles, landscapes can only absorb so much water before it runs off to the street
  • Repair leaks promptly, leaks do not repair themselves and often lead to bigger leaks
  • Test the moisture in your soil with a screwdriver; if it goes in easily, you are most likely overwatering
  • Use a broom and sweep instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalks
  • Use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle to prevent water waste when washing the car
  • Use drip irrigation systems for watering the roots of trees, shrubs, and flowers
  • If you have leftover water after cleaning vegetables or giving drinking water to your dog, use the leftover water in your plants

Pool and Spa Water Saving Tips

  • Install covers on swimming pools and spas and check for leaks around pumps
  • Check swimming pool for leaks
  • Keep your pool filter and heating system clean and lubricated to make it more efficient
  • Operate your pool filter and sweeper during off-peak hours:
    • Between 6 pm and noon on weekdays or all-day Saturday and Sunday
  • Reduce the operating time for your pool filter and sweeper in the winter