New Year Brings New Opportunities to Save Water

With a recent state survey showing California’s snowpack moisture at record-low levels, 2012 is off to a dry – and unpredictable – start.

But ACWA's Save Our Water program has identified new opportunities to make a difference in the state’s water supplies by conserving. Just a few simple steps can add up to big savings overall.

“In California, the next drought is always just around the corner,” said ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn. “Having enough water is critical to every aspect of our lives. We must all do our part to conserve our state’s most precious resource to ensure we have enough for future generations.”

Save Our Water offers these tips for saving water in 2012:

  • Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth
  • Keep showers to five minutes or less
  • Replace water-guzzling toilets with low-flow models.
  • Turn off automatic sprinkler system during the winter months
  • Water outdoors only when needed, and consider replacing grass with low-water shrubs and flowers
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor spaces
  • Install aerators on faucets to slow the flow

This complete list, along other water-saving tips for inside and outside the home, is available at

Launched in 2009 as a partnership between ACWA and the state Department of Water Resources, Save Our Water aims to educate Californians about everyday steps they can take to conserve water.

The program plans to launch a mobile application of its website in the spring that will allow homeowners to view water-friendly landscaping ideas from their smart phones and mobile devices.

Learn more about Save Our Water by following the program on Facebook and Twitter.