H20 Conservation Tips and Links

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Use What You Need and the Planet Will Succeed

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
Bath 20 gallons
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  3. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  4. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  5. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  6. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  7. 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.
  8. Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  9. 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! 

Helpful Links:

  • West Basin Municipal District is a provider of drinking and recycled water to cities in southwest Los Angeles County, and provides information on water quality and water conservation. West Basin also offers a Green Garden Program, which provides residents with information and irrigation devices to develop a water-efficiency landscape.
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation District
  • Metropolitan Water District provides drinking water to nearly 18 million people and strives to meet present and future needs in an economically and environmentally responsible way. 
  • H20 House will assist you in planning for water efficiency at home and identifying those water saving opportunities.
  • American Water Works Association
  • Be Water Wise provides tips, short videos on California friendly landscaping, and information on rebates for water-efficient products.
  • Department of Water Resources
  • Water Miser (Water Conservation Products including WATER BROOMS)

    For additional information contact the Public Works Department at (310) 802-5324.