San Diego City Council: How Not to Waste Water
Did you know that an average San Diegan uses about 88 gallons of water every day? What’s more surprising is that the city imports about 80% to 90% of its water. These statistics alone show that every resident needs to be more aware of water conservation, or else supply might run out.
The San Diego City Council has approved a program called “Waste No Water” to put restrictions on wasteful water use. This takes effect all year-round and residents are encouraged to report any irregularity to their hotlines.
Every homeowner should hire a plumber and fix all water leaks upon discovery. The limit is three days after the council receives the report (if there’s one). Homeowners shouldn’t use excessive irrigation, especially during warmer months, and should maintain their private water system. If you’re planning to wash your vehicle, use hand-held water containers or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
San Diego regulations also added that no water should leave the household and flow through other properties, public or private streets, or gutters due to neglected and uncorrected leaks or overflowing pools, spas, and irrigation.
A recirculating system is necessary for businesses that mainly use water, such as commercial laundry systems and conveyer car wash businesses. The same goes if you’re using water as a decorative display, like fountains. Lodging establishments, such as hotels and motels, should ask guests if they want laundry services for towels and linens every day. This way, they can reduce unnecessary laundering.
Food establishments should only serve and refill water upon request, as every container needs at least two glasses of water for washing and rinsing. The U.S. serves about 70 million meals per day, and it’s possible to save at least 26 million gallons of water if every restaurant will comply.
No matter how simple these regulations are, it’s better than doing nothing at all to save water. Contact us for plumbing services that will help you follow San Diego City Council’s water conservation program.