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City of Folsom Shares Water-saving Tips for Summer

Jun 17, 2015 02:51PM ● Published by Kevin

Photo courtesy of Steven Depolo via Flickr.

The average Folsom household uses 600 gallons of water per day during summer months and most of that watering occurs outdoors. Here are some easy tips to reduce water use, courtesy of the city of Folsom.

Find the right combination for you to reduce by 32 percent or 192 gallons a day.

Outdoor Water Use

Reduce each sprinkler cycle by two minutes
  • Saves 80 gallons per day 
Plant low-water use trees and plants
  • Saves 90 gallons per day, per 1,000 square feet
Add 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants
  • Saves 30 gallons per 1,000 square feet each time you water
Water your yard early in the morning or later at night, between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Save 50 gallons each time you water
Adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray and runoff
  • Saves more than 40 gallons every time you water

Indoor Water

Use Limit showers to five minutes or less
  • Saves 12.5 gallons with a water-efficient shower head
Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Saves 10 gallons per person per day Fix leaky toilets
  • Saves 30 to 50 gallons per day per toilet Install a high-efficiency
WaterSense labeled toilet (1.28 gallons per flush)
  • Saves 19 gallons per person/day
Wash only full loads of clothes
  • Saves 15 to 45 gallons per load 

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