As the state’s drought conditions continue to worsen, Californians have been asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%. If conservation efforts don’t improve this summer, the state could be forced to impose mandatory water restrictions throughout the state.
– Turn off your sprinklers and other irrigation systems when rain is in the weather forecast.
– Prioritize watering your trees when faced with watering restrictions: Remember, trees are an investment. It will take more water, time and money to replace a mature tree lost to drought than to keep one alive.
– Replace grass with drought-resistant landscaping or turf: Water-wise plants and landscaping use little or no water once established.
– Install automatic shut-off valves for your outdoor sprinkler systems: Installing a drip irrigation system and a smart controller can save 15 gallons each time you water.
– Plant water-wise plants: Check with your local water agency on the best plants for your climate. It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants where possible.
– Lay mulch around your plants and yard: Laying 2–4 inches of organic mulch around your yard can keep the soil moist and reduce water use.