Because of the ongoing drought, the state government is requiring every water department in California, including Fullerton’s, to implement mandatory water conservation rules.
At the June 17, 2014 Fullerton City Council meeting, the Council approved Resolution 2014-48 establishing a water supply shortage conservation plan – Phase One.
According to Dave Schickling, city of Fullerton's Water System Manager, "We are receiving the smallest allocation in the 43-year history of State Water Project deliveries from Northern California after three years of drought. As such we are working with residents and businesses through the implantation of extraordinary conservation measures and the activation and enforcement of existing ordinances."
The City provides these simple tips to save water at home:
- Turning off the water when you brush your teeth saves approximately 3 gallons a day.
- Shorten your showers by one or two minutes and save up to 5 gallons.
- Save 20 gallons a day for every leak you fix.
- Save between 15 and 50 gallons each time by only washing full loads of laundry.
- Talk to your family and friends about saving water. If everyone does a little, we all benefit.
Approximately one half of California's entire residential water supply is applied to home landscapes. You can reduce the amount of water your household uses to water your yard - while maintaining optimal plant health and a beautiful landscape - by selecting water-efficient irrigation technology. You'll save water and money, plus have more free time to enjoy the savings!
- Water your yard before 8am to reduce evaporation and interference from wind. Saves up to 25 gallons a day.
- Save 40 gallons a day by installing a "smart" sprinkler controller.
- Mulch! Save hundreds of gallons a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and inhibit weed growth.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. You'll save 150 gallons each time.
- Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray, and broken sprinkler heads, and save 500 gallons a month.
A number of rebate program from SoCal Water Smart (http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=2
) can help customers purchase high-efficiency washing machines, toilets, rotor sprinklers, rain barrels and drip irrigation systems. “This could be a great time to make the modest investment to update your homes and conserve water” added Schickling.
“Fullerton has been through droughts like this before,” commented Schickling. “It’s important to remember that most people will be trying their best to adapt to this. Let’s take a helpful, courteous attitude toward each other and our community, and we’ll get through this together.”
For more water-saving tips, please visit www.bewaterwise.com
or at the city of Fullerton water conservation page at: http://www.fullertonwaterconservation.com/
. You can also call the City Water Conservation Hotline at (714) 738-6744.