Conservation Tips & Principles

Install aerators in your faucets, use 1.5 gallon or less showerheads and use high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallon per flush) (up to $125 rebates call us). The District provides free aerators, but they are also available at your local hardware store. For more information, call MCWD at 883-5935.

Smart Irrigation and Landscaping Strategies

  • Water your lawns early, before sunrise or after sunset. This maximizes water absorption into the soil and minimizes evaporation loss.
  • Water your lawn only when needed. Most plants do not need to be watered every day & excess watering not only wastes water, but can harm plants.
  • Make sure your sprinklers are leak-proof and not aimed on sidewalks, streets or driveways.
  • Landscape with Mediterranean-climate or plants that do not require much water.
  • Set mower blades 4" and keep them sharp.
  • Use a trigger or automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose.
  • Use mulch around trees and plants.
  • Shut off your sprinklers after a rain.(installation of a rain shutoff switch could earn you a rebate)
  • Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water trees, shrubs, and flower beds.
  • Integrate rocks, bricks, gravel and decks into your landscaping.

In the Bathroom

  • Take five-minute or less showers.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Check and fix "silent" leaks in toilets or plumbing fixtures.

In the Kitchen or Laundry

  • Only wash laundry with full loads.
  • Use a bowl or put a little water in the sink to clean vegetables.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly.
  • Don't thaw food with hot water; instead use a microwave.
  • If you pre-clean dishes, put a little water in the sink up instead of running the water.
  • Keep a gallon of cold water in the refrigerator rather than running the tap for cold water.
  • Insulate your pipes to save heating costs.


  • Wash the car with a bucket instead of the hose.
  • Use a broom instead of water to clean your sidewalks and driveways.


  • Support local businesses that practice conservation. (Commercial car washes that recycle their water; businesses that use recycled water in fountains; restaurants that serve water only on request and hotels that give you the option of using your linens for a second night's stay.)
  • Ask your teachers or school administrators if they teach water conservation.
  • Watch for and report broken, poorly timed or misaligned sprinklers.
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