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  Save Water, Save the Earth! Due to the Stay-At-Home Order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, many individuals may be using more water at home than usual. We encourage you to continue saving water to save our beautiful Earth! If you haven’t taken advantage of the rebates offered by SoCal Water$mart, be sure to check them out at www.socalwatersmart.com. Replacing an appliance with a high-efficient model will not only save hundreds of gallons of water per year, but lower your monthly water bill, too! Here’s a list of simple ways to conserve water in your home: In the Bathroom Reduce your shower time to only 5 minutes. A fun way to do this is by choosing one of your favorite songs that is 5 minutes or less and hop out of the shower before the song is over. Turn off the faucet while lathering your hands in the sink. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. While water for the shower to heat up, place a bucket in the shower. Use the captured water to water your plants. Use a cup of water to rinse your razor while shaving. Check your toilet tank for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. In the Kitchen Run the dishwasher only when the washer is full. If using water to boil, or cook pasta, save the remaining water for your landscape. Use a squeegee to remove excess food instead of pre-rinsing. Soak stubborn pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrub them. Use leftover ice cubes to water house plants or place in your pet’s water bowl. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap until the water runs cool. In the Laundry Run full loads. Re-use towels. The towel you use to dry after your shower does not need to be laundered after each use – you can hang it up and re-use it instead. If needed, use size cycles. If you are not running a full load, most washing machines have a size option to use less water for fewer items. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more water saving tips! Facebook – www.facebook.com/centralbasinmunicipalwater/ Twitter – @CentralBasin or www.twitter.com/centralbasin Instagram – @CentralBasin or www.instagram.com/centralbasin   To read more about building good water saving habits in response to COVID-19, please visit: https://www.sustainablewaters.org/two-birds-with-one-soap-how-to-fight-covid-19-and-build-good-water-saving-habits/  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Apr 02, 2020 at 10:22 AM
  
It's Fix-A-Leak Week! It’s Fix-a-Leak Week! Every year, minor leaks in U.S. homes and workplaces amount to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted. That’s a lot of water and money that could otherwise be saved. Take control of your water usage this week by fixing leaky faucets and appliances. Here are some facts about unchecked leaks and some tips for recognizing and fixing them. A showerhead that leaks at 10 drops per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Think of it this way: the nearly 1 trillion gallons of annual wasted water across the nation is the equivalent of intentional water use in about 11 million homes annually. 10 percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons of water every day. By fixing those leaks around the yard and house, homeowners can save 10 percent on their water bills. Fix leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Replace old toilets with newer models that meet EPA standards to save 13,000 gallons of water. To identify a leaky toilet, drop a bit of food coloring in the tank, and if any color appears in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Tank will stain if left, so be sure to flush immediately after experiment.) Generally, if your water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month during colder months like January or February, you probably have a serious leak problem. For more tips, tricks, and information on fixing a leak, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Mar 19, 2020 at 9:01 AM
  
Gift Yourself a Water Savings Device this Holiday Season! Central Basin, in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offers rebates on water-savings devices. Not only do the devices save water, but money, too! A new high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet could be the perfect gift this holiday season and will allow you to save water and money all year long. Toilets and washers account for approximately 45% of the water used inside your home! Upgrading to a high-efficiency clothes washer could save about 14 gallons a day, or more than 150,000 gallons over the washer’s lifetime and upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet can save over $800 on your water bill and eventually pay for itself. Rebates for washers start at $85 and rebates for toilets start at $40.  If you’re looking for a gift for outside of the home, outdoor rebates are also offered.  There are a variety of options such as weather-based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels and cisterns, and soil moisture sensor systems.  A weather-based irrigation controller is great if you’re always on the go or forget to let your sprinklers rest when it rains. Did you know that it only takes between 5-10 minutes to water outdoor landscapes?  This controller automatically adjusts the irrigation schedule to account for changing weather, soil conditions, and plant types. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  If you think you might be over-watering, rotating sprinkler nozzles may be a great choice for you! Rotating sprinkler nozzles apply water more slowly and uniformly to prevent over-watering and encourage healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $2 per nozzle.  A rain barrel or cistern is the perfect choice if you like to make the most of your natural resources. Rain barrels and cisterns allow rain to be captured and reused. They also prevent precious water from flowing into the sewer drain. Rebates start at $35 per barrel or cistern.   Soil moisture sensor systems help detect water needs by gauging the moisture present in the soil. This also promotes healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  For more information or to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit www.socalwatersmart.com. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Dec 17, 2019 at 9:05 AM
  
Holiday Water-Use Tips Season’s greetings! The holidays are here, bringing loved ones together to share in cheer and festivities. While this is a wonderful time to entertain guests, hosting friends and family to celebrate the season can lead to more water use than usual. Here are some ways to save water this holiday season. Defrost frozen meat in the refrigerator instead of in the sink. Running the tap to defrost frozen food is a great waste of water, meaning money and a vital resource down the drain. Using the fridge will save water and it is the safest, most reliable method of defrosting foods. Unlike the wasteful tap water method of defrosting, fridge defrosting is beneficial because it does not require constant monitoring and immediate cooking of thawed food, which means you can prepare that holiday ham at your leisure. Wash produce in a bowl of water. You will save a lot of water any time you can avoid running the faucet. For this, a shallow pan is the perfect vessel. Set the table with a water pitcher. This will solve the problem of leftover water in guests’ glasses at meals. A pitcher of water is also a thoughtful way of providing drinks to everyone rather than having guests refill in the kitchen themselves. Install faucet aerators around your home. The holidays provide you the opportunity to host a lot of company in your home at once. Water use in your bathrooms and kitchen will definitely increase with guests. Faucet aerators are an inexpensive way to reduce water use by decreasing the otherwise unnecessary rate at which faucets spew water. Water your plants with leftover ice. If an ice chest is used at your festive gathering, you may have melted ice in need of repurposing. Use this excess water to hydrate your plants indoors and in your garden once your party is over. Use a plate squeegee. Mashed potatoes and gravy are the perfect touch to a Thanksgiving meal, but they can leave quite a mess when it comes time to wash your dishes. A little gel squeegee, specifically made for removing remnants of food from dishware, will cut the need for excessive rinsing before washing. Use a lower setting on the dishwasher. With all the delicious dishes you’ll be cooking for friends and family, there’s sure to be a lot more dishes to wash than usual. Using a lighter setting on your dishwasher will ensure your dishes are clean and ready to use for your next holiday meal, and it will save up to 55% less water than the regular setting. Collect rainwater for future use. Here in Southern California, the holidays arrive during the wettest part of the year. Take advantage of the seasonal rain by collecting it in a Rain Barrel or Cistern to be used later for irrigation. Rebates are available at www.socalwatersmart.com. Happy holidays from Central Basin!
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Nov 05, 2019 at 3:01 PM 1 Comment