"Parent/Student Water Conservation Indoor Use Checklist" - California

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Parent/Student
Water Conservation
Indoor Use Checklist
Water conservation is an essential part of life in California. By using water responsibly, we can
help make sure that there is enough clean, fresh water for everyone who needs it. Here’s a fun
family activity to see how water-wise you are around your home.
1
Are your toilets leak-free?
2
 Yes
 No
Place about 10 drops of dye in
the tank. After 10 minutes,
check the bowl. If the water is
Do you have a low-flow toilet?
clear, no leaks. If there is color,
 Yes
 No
fix the leak ASAP. A leaking
toilet can waste 30 to 3,000
The most water-efficient toilets
gallons of water per day.
use only 1.28 gallons per flush.
Replacing a pre-1994 toilet can
save nearly 20 gallons per
3
person per day.
Do you take a short shower
with a low-flow shower head?
 Yes
 No
5
New shower devices use as little
as 1.8 gallons of water per
minute; older ones use nearly
Do you turn off the water
twice that much. Installing a
when rinsing vegetables,
low-flow shower head, and
washing dishes, and
taking showers of five minutes
brushing your teeth?
or less, both save water.
 Yes
 No
Partially filling the sink or
only running the faucet when
4
you need water can save
gallons of water each day.
Adding an aerator can save
Are washing machines
even more.
and dishwashers used
6
only with full loads?
 Yes
 No
Have you checked the faucets
for leaks?
By running full loads you
save water AND energy.
 Yes
 No
Repair leaks as soon as possible.
Even small drips can add up to
large losses over time.
Parent/Student
Water Conservation
Indoor Use Checklist
Water conservation is an essential part of life in California. By using water responsibly, we can
help make sure that there is enough clean, fresh water for everyone who needs it. Here’s a fun
family activity to see how water-wise you are around your home.
1
Are your toilets leak-free?
2
 Yes
 No
Place about 10 drops of dye in
the tank. After 10 minutes,
check the bowl. If the water is
Do you have a low-flow toilet?
clear, no leaks. If there is color,
 Yes
 No
fix the leak ASAP. A leaking
toilet can waste 30 to 3,000
The most water-efficient toilets
gallons of water per day.
use only 1.28 gallons per flush.
Replacing a pre-1994 toilet can
save nearly 20 gallons per
3
person per day.
Do you take a short shower
with a low-flow shower head?
 Yes
 No
5
New shower devices use as little
as 1.8 gallons of water per
minute; older ones use nearly
Do you turn off the water
twice that much. Installing a
when rinsing vegetables,
low-flow shower head, and
washing dishes, and
taking showers of five minutes
brushing your teeth?
or less, both save water.
 Yes
 No
Partially filling the sink or
only running the faucet when
4
you need water can save
gallons of water each day.
Adding an aerator can save
Are washing machines
even more.
and dishwashers used
6
only with full loads?
 Yes
 No
Have you checked the faucets
for leaks?
By running full loads you
save water AND energy.
 Yes
 No
Repair leaks as soon as possible.
Even small drips can add up to
large losses over time.
Parent/Student
Water Conservation
Outdoor Use Checklist
In California, the average family uses up to 60% of their water outdoors.
Small changes can add up to big savings.
7
Do you water your yard
only when the plants
9
really need it?
 Yes
 No
Have you checked your yard
Check lawns and shrubs
for leaks?
to see if they need water by
digging a couple inches into
 Yes
 No
the soil with a small shovel.
Only water if the soil is dry.
If you thought indoor leaks
8
were bad…an outdoor leak
can waste up to 6,000 gallons
of water per month.
Have you planted drought-
resistant trees and plants?
10
 Yes
 No
Drought-resistant plants add
Are your sprinklers set
color, hardiness, and even
for before 10:00am or
habitat value to your yard, all
after 5:00pm?
while saving water and money.
 Yes
 No
Avoid watering during the
STATION
NEXT
DELAY START TIME EVERY
hottest part of the day.
AM
HOUR
MINS
DAYS
PM
The sun will cause much of
SET
CLOCK
the water to evaporate before
MANUAL
CLEAR
the thirsty plants get a chance
to use it.
We have reviewed these water saving tips and pledge to keep saving water.
Parent’s signature _____________________________________________________________
Student’s signature ____________________________________________________________
For more information on water conservation in your neighborhood, contact your local water agency.
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