The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) officially asked all customers of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System to voluntarily curtail water consumption. The goal is to reduce overall usage by 10%. While last month's storms brought much needed rain and snow to our region, they did little to address the lack of precipitation over the past few years. Precipitation at Hetch Hetchy to-date is still only 34.7% of annual normal precipitation.
Even though San Francisco has low per capita water usage relative to other areas, everyone should continue to conserve water as the best way to protect our vital water supply.
Here are three major upgrades you can do at your home and business to save water:
- Replace your old toilet, the largest water user. New high-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.3 gallons or less compared to older models, which use up to 7 gallons per flush. Cash rebates are available!
- Replace your old dishwasher with an Energy Star qualified model to save an average of 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.
- Install low flow aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce indoor water use by ~4%. Free aerators are available!
And don't forget about all the ways to save water that don't require a toolbox - take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when not in use, and only run your clothes and dishwashers with full loads. All these little steps can add up to a lot of water!
Click here for more tips from the SFPUC.