Stop wasting water: how to conserve water during the California drought

How can you avoid wasting water in your home? 2015 was the driest year on record, and Governor Jerry Brown is asking people in California to continue conserving water.

“Water conservation anywhere in California should be a way of life, regardless of drought conditions,” said Ted Thomas, Information Officer at the Department of Water Resources.

The reservoirs that hold the state’s water are emptier than usual, even after recent rains, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“One of the best places we can save water is in our landscape,” wrote Pat Rubin, a longtime gardener, in the magazine California Bountiful. She recommends planting drought-resistant plants.

Here are some tips for conserving water from Save Our Water, a statewide program for helping people save our water:

In the kitchen, collect the water you used while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.

In the bath/laundry, install low-flow showerheads to save 2.5 gallons of water per shower.

Outdoors, use a broom to clean the sidewalk, driveways, and patios.

At work, keep restroom fixtures in good repair and fix leaks promptly.

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