Conservation Tips


Mulch and microirrigation help to reduce watering. DWR/2014.

Water is a precious and limited resource, especially in drought-prone California where the next dry period could be right around the corner. As a result, water conservation and the efficient use of California’s water supply are major priorities for the State.

In coordination with the Association of California Water Agencies, we organized the Save Our Water program to help Californians learn ways to save water at home to reduce the effects of drought. Even the simplest changes to daily routines can have a significant impact. By making conservation a way of life in California, we save water, minimize water waste, rebuild our underground aquifers, prepare for the uncertainties of climate change, and minimize the harmful effects of drought.

We encourage all Californians to embrace wise water use as a daily habit, whether we are experiencing a year of heavy or meager rain. Start by following the water conservation tips below, and visit Save Our Water and your local water agency for more tips, tools, and incentives – including rebates. You can also view photos of our past California State Fair water-wise garden exhibits for ideas on how to create your own low-water use landscape.

Indoor Conservation Tips

  • Fix leaks, including leaky toilets
  • Install high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads
  • Take shorter (5 minute) showers
  • Track your water bill and meter to curtail water use
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only

Outdoor Conservation Tips

  • Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees
  • Recycle indoor water to use on plants
  • Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains
  • Replace your grass/turf with water-wise plants
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of water from a hose
  • Water your outdoor landscape earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler