More than ever, water conservation is vital to Manhattan Beach. City Council passed the new Water Conservation Ordinance, effective July 2, 2009.
Check out how much water is used for common activities:
|Brushing Teeth||3 gallons a day|
|Shower||40 gallons every 10 minutes|
|Toilet||28 gallons a day per person|
|Clotheswasher||45 gallons per load|
|Cooking||5 gallons a day|
|Dishwasher||15 gallons per load|
|Hosing driveway||150 gallons|
|Washing car||150 gallons|
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time. You can purchase a discounted compost bin from Waste Management for only $35. Contact them at (310) 830-7100.
- Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
- For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
Please visit Water Use It Wisely for the full 100 ways to conserve!
For additional information contact the Public Works Department at (310) 802-5324.