On October 1, California began its fourth consecutive drought year, beating all records for the driest three-year period in the state’s history. As you are well aware, all state residents are required to reduce their water consumption by 15 % of their 2020 totals.
In addition to meeting the state’s mandates, saving water also means saving money.
So what can you do in and around your house to conserve water?
Fix Indoor and Outdoor Leaks
That occasional drip from your faucet doesn’t seem like a big deal, but even small leaks like dripping faucets or running toilets can add up to major water loss and money down the drain.
If your main water line has a leak, we will be happy to repair that for you as quickly as possible. Water main leaks can cost homeowners big bucks in water usage, and having your water shut off while waiting for the repair can be a huge headache.
If you suspect you have a water main leak or a leak in an irrigation line, we will happily refer you to a trusted leak detection company or landscaper, respectively.
Fixing indoor and outdoor leaks can save between 27 and 90 gallons of water every day, according to Save Our Water. Save Our Water is a statewide program created “to make water conservation a daily habit among Californians.”
Sinks and Showers
Taking showers that last five minutes or less may be more of an aspiration than a reality. However, showering with a water-efficient showerhead can save 12.5 gallons of water per shower. For a family of four, that’s 50 gallons of water per day!
Also, turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. While my kids might prefer foregoing brushing their teeth altogether, simply turning off the water when you aren’t using it can save up to 8 gallons a day per person, according to Save Our Water.
Between shorter showers and turning off the water when brushing and shaving, a family of four could save more than 80 gallons of water a day.
Faucet aerators and water-efficient showerheads
Let us replace your current showerheads with high-efficiency versions as an add-on service while we’re on a service call at your home.
Our big yellow trucks are stocked and ready, but you should still mention that you’d like us to install water-efficient showerheads before we show up so we can make sure we have the supplies and parts for your specific situation and can give you an estimated cost.
Aerators maintain your water pressure while reducing the amount of water coming out of the faucet. Installing water-efficient devices on all your faucets and showerheads is a pretty quick and inexpensive way to conserve water and save money in the long term.
By installing aerators in all your household faucets, you can save three-quarters of a gallon per minute. One of our technicians can easily install aerators for you, but I’m almost certain this is one DIY project you can handle on your own.
Most of the time, we’re looking for ways to stay out of hot water with our spouse, our boss, or our coworkers.
But when it comes to hot water from your faucet, the sooner it starts flowing, the better. A hot water recirculating system can ensure you have immediate hot water from all of your faucets.
Barnett can install a recirculating water pump in your home today, and you can enjoy hot water from all across your home tonight! Even water coming from the sink or tub that’s the furthest from your water heater will be hot almost instantly. You’ll save money on water usage and heating costs.
Did you know that replacing your old toilet with a high-efficiency model can save between 6 and 35 gallons of water every day?
Granted, you may not need a new toilet at the moment. But it’s worth keeping in the back of your mind when you’re ready to replace one. Since the state began mandating low-flow toilets in 2014, it’s likely you have one or more in your home already. But as we all know, technology changes quickly.
If you are interested in upgrading one or more of your toilets, one of our skilled technicians can install them for you. You can either pre-purchase toilets at your favorite home improvement store, or we can bring the toilets to you.
Clothes and dishes
It’s true: running the dishwasher uses less water than hand washing, but only when you wash full loads. The same holds true for washing a full load of laundry.
Save Our Water says washing a full load of dishes can save between 5 and 15 gallons of water per cycle. Washing a full load of clothes saves between 15 and 45 gallons per load.
Many area water districts and agencies offer rebates for Tri-Valley residents who install high-efficiency appliances. Searching for current appliance rebates is as easy as typing the name of your water agency + the word “rebate” into your browser’s search bar and hitting return.
What questions do you have about conserving water? We’ll be happy to answer them and ensure you have the solutions that are right for you and your family. Give us a call at (925) 872-0805.
Here’s my personal promise to you: When you call with a question or to schedule an on-site estimate, there will be no pressure. No obligation. We will not sell you a plumbing solution you don’t need or want.
Thanks for letting us be your trusted plumber.
Phil Barnett President of Barnett Plumbing & Water Heaters
Founded in 2005, Barnett Plumbing & Water Heaters is dedicated to providing residents of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, and the rest of the Tri-Valley with a higher quality of plumbing & Water Heater service. Our capable technicians are ready and willing to give you an onsite estimate, answer any of your questions, and perform the work in an efficient manner.