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(Redwood City is Calling for a Voluntary 10% Reduction in Water Usage)


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Voluntarily Reduction:

Save Our Water

The State of California has requested a statewide voluntarily 20% water usage reduction from residents. Our local water provider, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has requested a voluntarily 10% water usage reduction at this time. Although this is a lower percent of water conservation than asked by the State, we do not want to discourage any individual water user from reducing their water consumption by the State's requested 20%.

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Water Tips, FREE Water Efficient Tools and Rebates

  1. Look up if your household has "WaterSense" products by visiting the EPA website.(Redwood City offers rebates for WaterSense toilets.)
  2. Not sure if you have water cfficient fixtures, order a Free "Smart Home" Water Conservation Kit.
  3. Take a shower over a bath...just stay aware of how long you are showering. (Redwood City offers residents FREE low flow showerheads!)
  4. In the kitchen...plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
  5. Use a dishwasher, and fill it up before you do!
  6. Scrape your plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
  7. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you're not waiting for water to cool as it comes out of the faucet.
  8. Avoid the garbage's not good for your pipes or water conservation. Throw food scraps in the compost bin.
  9. Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your machine. (The City and PG&E offer rebates for High Efficiency Washing Machines!)
  10. Check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
  11. Give your garden hose a break. Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
  12. Wash the car with water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

 Did You Know? (
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent!

  1. Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency. (Redwood City offers residential customers 25 FREE efficient sprinkler nozzles.)
  2. Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery  for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.
  3. If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
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