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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
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