Water-Saving Tips for Residents

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Small steps. Big savings.

Saving water every day is the Long Beach way. Small water-wise habits make a big difference. There are many diverse ways to save water both indoors and outdoors, whether you live in an apartment, condominium or house.


Turf Replacement

If you are a residential customer looking to remove your turf grass, contact LawnToGarden@lbwater.org. The Lawn-to-Garden program provides an incentive of $3.00 per square foot for front yards and $2.00 per square foot for backyards, up to 5,000 square feet. For more information about the Lawn-to-Garden incentive and to apply, please visit www.lblawntogarden.com.


Pool and Spa

  • Use a pool cover to significantly reduce water lost to evaporation. Pool covers also reduce the need for chemicals and reduce energy costs for heated pools
  • Shut off all water features including waterfalls and fountains to reduce water loss and evaporation
  • Check the pool periodically for leaks
  • Use a cartridge pool filter which does not require backwashing
  • Incorporate a pre-filter into your system which can reduce the water needed to clean sand and cartridge filters
  • Keep pools and pool filters clean to minimize the frequency of filter backwashing
  • If possible, utilize filter backwash water on lawns or shrubs (if chlorine levels are acceptable at less than 3 mg/L)
  • Check automatic timers to adjust the frequency and duration
  • Lower pool temperatures to reduce the water lost to evaporation and save energy
  • Plug the overflow line when pool is in use


Irrigation and Landscaping

  • Turn sprinklers off before, during and after rainstorms
  • Fix broken or misaligned sprinklers
  • Put mulch under shrubs and trees
  • Water at dawn or dusk
  • Install a soil moisture sensor system
  • Stick to the watering schedule
  • Switch traditional sprinklers to high efficiency rotary sprinklers
  • Install a weather-based irrigation controller


Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Use a broom to clean driveways and patios instead of a hose
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on the hose when washing your car. Better yet, take your car to a carwash, which often uses less water than you would at home. Many also use recycled water. LBG Express Car Wash recycles over 90% of water used. This allows them to use about 14 gallons of fresh water per car, which is less than most washing machines.



In the Kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when full
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Instead of using water to thaw frozen foods, use the fridge to defrost overnight
  • Reuse water, such as from rinsing produce or boiling pasta (let it cool first!) to water the garden


In the Laundry Room

  • Wash only full laundry loads
  • Change to a high efficiency clothes washer


In the Bathroom

  • When lathering don’t run the water
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Fill the bathtub halfway or less
  • Take a one-song-shower
  • Shave with the water off
  • Flush wisely
  • Install a low-flow showerhead
  • Change to a high efficiency toilet using available rebates