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Water Wise
updated: Jan 20, 2014, 9:30 AM

Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

Due to current drought conditions, citizens are urged to conserve water. Go to www.waterwisesb.org for helpful tips.

Specific Actions to Take to be Water Wise: Indoors: 1.Install a high efficiency clothes washer 2.Install a high efficiency toilet 3.Test your toilet flapper for leaks by using a dye tablet 4.Make sure the water level in your toilet tank is one inch below the over-flow tube 5.Install high efficiency faucet aerators and shower heads 6.Replace reverse osmosis with filter for drinking water 7.If using a water softener, choose one that generates on-dema nd (not on a timer) 8.Check for and fix any leaky fixtures 9.Practice water wise behaviors when washing dishes, brushing teeth,bathing, etc 10.Get water saving information online at WaterWiseSB.org Outdoors: 11.Use online watering tools such as the landscape watering calculator and watering index on WaterWiseSB.org -determine how much and how often to water your garden, and easily change your watering schedule as the weather changes - "fall back, spring forward" 12.Install a rain shut-off sensor 13.Check that your pressure is correct for your sprinklers to eliminate misting. If needed, install a pressure regulator 14.Retrofit sprinklers to drip irrigation 15.Have the greenest gardener in your neighborhood - Send your gardener to the Green Gardener Class - learn more about it at GreenGardener.org 16.Be the smartest on your block: know how much water your landscape needs 17. Schedule a free irrigation evaluation 18.Turn sprinklers off in rainy season 19.Remove unused lawn and replace with water wise plants and drip irrigation 20.Install smart irrigation controller 21.Use a timer if watering by hand 22.Change the back-up battery in yoursprinkler timer 23.Install a laundry to landscape graywater system 24.Add mulch 2-3 inches deep twice per year to reduce evaporation and build the health of your soil 25.Change pop-up sprinklernozzles to rotating nozzles 26.Select water wise plants for your garden by using the online plant database and virtual garden tours.


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