On  January 17th, Governor Brown called on all Californians to reduce water consumption and prepare for a “long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water usage.” It is important that we all do our part to conserve water during this drought emergency. Making small changes to a number of daily habits will make a difference. Here are some tips from the California Department of Water Resources:

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth (saves up to 10 gallons a day).
  • Reduce shower time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes (saves about 12.5 gallons a day).
  • Run full loads of dishes in your dishwasher (saves about 15 gallons).
  • Run full loads of clothes in your washing machine.

The California government is also taking their own steps to help conserve water. Some actions they’re taking include: banning state vehicles to be washed (except for safety or health reasons), slowing down irrigation projects on roadways, and cancelling water-heavy window washing projects. This is truly a statewide, team effort!


For more helpful tips about conserving water, visit Also, share your own ideas below on other ways to help conserve water.

Together, we can make a difference in this drought emergency!