Water Conservation Tips

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The Legislature and Governor are working to respond to severe drought conditions, however, all Californians must take action to conserve our limited water supply.

Small adjustments can make a big difference. Here are some tips and tricks to help you conserve water at home:


  • Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
  • Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

Bath and Laundry

  • Fix your leaky toilet or install a high-efficiency toilet.
  • Take five minute showers instead of ten minute showers.
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair or brushing your teeth.
  • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.


  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.
  • Add mulch around trees to help retain moisture.
  • Use a broom rather than a water hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.

For more water conservation tips, visit www.saveourwater.com.

To apply for rebate through the SoCal Water$mart rebate program: https://mwd.conservationrebates.com/ You can also contact your local water provider to see if they offer rebates.

How much water should your city conserve?

Each water supplier was assigned an amount to cut based on the amount of water used per person in 2013.  All of the cities in the district decreased their water use from the 2013 level, so everyone is trying to do their part on meeting their conservation target. 

Below is the percentage that each city needs to cut from their 2013 level to help conserve water based on how much they’ve already saved.  Let’s do our part!

Golden State Water Company BellBell Gardens                                          2%
City of Pico Rivera                                                                                                 3%
California Water Service Company East Los Angeles (Commerce)         4%
Golden State Water Company Norwalk                                                           5%
Montebello Land and Water Company                                                             8%
City of Norwalk                                                                                                       11%
Golden State Water Company Artesia                                                  12%
BellflowerSomerset Mutual Water Company                                                14%
City of Downey                                                                                                       14%
City of Cerritos                                                                                                        18%

For more on cuts being made: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/emergency_regulations/supplier_tiers_20150428.pdf

For more drought info from the Governor’s office: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml

To apply for rebate through the SoCal Water$mart rebate program: https://mwd.conservationrebates.com/

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