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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

S.F. to Residents: Stop Using So Much Water

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

click to enlarge Oblivious to the drought. - FLICKR/MEGANMORRIS

If the California drought wasn't a reality in your cushy life, then it will be soon. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is planning to politely ask all of you water hogs to cut back your H20 usage by 10 percent.


The state is facing a rather severe dry spell and although it's supposed to rain later this week, that'll only be a drop in the bucket, so to speak.

Yes, it's correct that San Francisco's PUC residential customers are already using the least amount of water per capita in the state (49 gallons per day), but considering this has been one of the driest winters on tap, San Francisco needs to use even less water.

That goes for businesses, too.

"I believe voluntary water conservation efforts are the best way to avert mandatory cutbacks and other water restrictions should drought conditions persist," San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly said in a written statement released today.

SFPUC Spokesperson Charles Sheehan offered up some advice on how to ween yourself off water.

"Turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth can save you two gallons per minute. Taking shorter showers -- for every minute you save, you're going to save about 2.5 gallons of water," he tells KGO.

Other things you can do:

  • Fix those leaky faucets.

  • Reduce your lawn irrigation (this is an easy one since you don't have a lawn)

  • Take a five-minute shower instead of a 20-minute shower (Each minute you cut saves 2.5 gallons)

  • Install water-efficient everything (dishwashers, washing machines, toilets)

  • Soak pots and pans, don't let the faucet run

  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways and pavement instead of using a hose.

  • Operate your clothes and dishwashers with full loads only, even if the machine has an adjustable load setting.

  • Install aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce indoor water use by about 4%.

For more information check out Save Our H20.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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