Water Conservation at Home

As you have been seeing on the news and social media, California is facing a drought. The Long Beach Water Department has declared  a Stage 2 Water Shortage and thus incorporated restrictions and regulations on certain uses of water.  Learn how to save water around your home below and do your part to help the state we love.

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The California Urban Water Conservation Council gives their Top 5 actions to save water around your home on their website H2ouse.org.

1. Leak Repair
Homes can waste more than 10% due leaking, which costs both you and the environment. Check areas such as faucets, bathtubs, and irrigation systems for leaks and either make simple repairs yourself or call a professional for bigger problems.

2. Replace your toilet
If your home was built before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then it is very likely that you do not have a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet.

3. Replace your washer
The Long Beach Water Department is offering incentive programs your family can take advantage of to save water and energy (read: money). Through these programs you can replace your old appliances and receive a rebate. Valid appliances are listed here as well as the amount given in the rebate.

4. Incorporate a proper landscape design
Select plants that thrive in our local climate. Consider xeriscaping. California has plethora of beautiful native plants to replace out of region greenery that require more frequent watering. The Long Beach Water Department has started an incentive program for more appropriate landscape for our semi-arid climate at www.lblawntogarden.com. The website provides many resources for converting your lawn to a true California garden as well as free design ideas and nurseries to purchase water-wise plants to compliment your home. 

5. Implement an irrigation regiment
On May 11, 2015 the City of Long Beach released a declaration stating irrigation of landscape with potable water any day other than Tuesday or Saturday is prohibited. Additionally, advise on how frequently your plants need to be watered. The website states most water is wasted in the garden by watering plants that don't need the water or by not maintaining the irrigation system.

On this list are several things that Kaplan Construction can help you do. Give us a call or email and we can get you on your way toward water conservation!