San Diego’s Water Conservation Requirements after 2016 Rains
The rainstorms we experienced this winter shouldn’t give us a false sense of security that we have overcome our state’s severe drought. Even though northern California’s higher than normal rain and snow helped feed into the total Sierra snowpack, it still did not make it to 100% of normal.
Water Use Restrictions Are Still in Effect
Remember the good old days when odd home addresses watered on certain days, leaving the other days for their even numbered neighbors? We all had three days per week to water AND we could run sprinklers for up to 10—count ‘em 10!—minutes?
The San Diego Water Authority has been progressively tightening the screws on water usage. Homeowners now can only water outdoor landscaping two days a week, for five minutes a day. If your home residence is odd numbered, your two days to water are Thursday and Sunday. If your home residence is even numbered, your two days to water are Wednesday and Saturday. Businesses and apartment/condo residences have the two days of Monday and Friday to water.
One exception: if San Diegans have a landscape irrigation system that uses water-efficient technology (i.e., drip and micro-irrigation systems or stream rotor sprinklers), rules loosen. Now would be an excellent time to research water-saving conservation methods for your home or business. Therefore:
TEAM PERRY offers up a few helpful suggestions to get you started on your path to water efficiency during these days when the now five-year drought impacts us all.
- Fix any and all leaks immediately
Even the City of San Diego has written regulations mandating that its water customers “shall not allow water to leave their property due to drainage onto adjacent properties or public or private roadways or streets or gutters due to excessive irrigation and/or uncorrected leaks.” In addition to helping the state’s water conservation efforts, fixing leaks immediately also reduces your water bill, which unlike water allowances, has been going up continually. Please do not delay in contacting a professional plumber to do a thorough examination of your home’s plumbing system, in order to detect any possible costly and wasteful leaks.
- Consider water-efficient appliances, fixtures, and sprinklers
Did you know that using low-flow appliances and fixtures will reduce your indoor water usage by up to 40 percent? If you are shopping around to replace your home’s current appliances, whether it is a water heater or a washing machine, look for ones that have the Energy Star label. This guarantees that the device will provide improved water efficiency. Your kitchen and bathroom will also benefit from low-flow water-saving fixtures that are purposely intended to use less water than needed. When watering your lawn, consider using low-water sprinklers to reduce run-off waste. Even the Environmental Protection Agency proclaimed that more than 3 trillion gallons of water would be conserved if every household in the United States were to install water-saving methods!
- Utilize rainwater and greywater
Did you know up to 50% of the water we collect get from the city is used to water our lawns/gardens/landscape? It is easy to reduce that amount by setting up an efficient water-collection system. Whether you utilize rain barrels, tanks or cisterns, you can recycle that water to irrigate your plants, or even wash flush your toilet. As for recycling greywater (used water that does not include sewage/human waste), California has the first official law that permits home water recycling. So instead of collecting wasted water from your shower with a bucket, plumbers can now, with a permit, install a plumbing-re-routed shower-water recycling system.
TEAM PERRY: Dedicated to Water Conservation in San Diego
We know San Diegans are frustrated that the ongoing drought has meant that water use rules, regulations, and prices keep rising. TEAM PERRY is committed to doing what we can to keep your costs down as you adapt your home or business to a more efficient water-saving system. For our award winning service call us at 619-472-2112, or check out our website at www.perryplumbing.com to see all of the savings we provide you with our online coupons and specials.