Save Our Water Releases Series of Videos to Help Californians Make Their Yards Water Wise
Cutting Outdoor Water Use Remains Key to Saving Water as California Heads into Fourth Year of Drought
Sacramento, CA – Save Our Water, California’s statewide water conservation campaign, released a series of helpful videos showing easy ways Californians can update their yards to save water outdoors. The brief educational videos cover water-saving topics from removing lawn through a technique called sheet mulching to fixing irrigation leaks and updating to drip irrigation – all simple and effective ways Californians can use less water in their yards while maintaining their landscapes amidst the state’s extreme drought.
With California undergoing a climate transformation bringing hotter and drier conditions and more extreme weather, residents need to make permanent lifestyle changes and be considerate of daily water use. By decreasing outdoor watering one day per week residents can reduce water use by at least 20 percent, making a huge impact on water conservation.
“Drought is no longer cyclical in California, meaning we all need to think long-term and remember that our daily, shared actions have a big impact,” said Margaret Mohr, Deputy Director of Communications at the California Department of Water Resources. “Rethinking our approach to outdoor watering is key to saving water and helps ensure that we have enough water supply for current and future generations.”
Cutting back on outdoor water use can lead to big water savings:
- Planting drought-tolerant landscaping, when established, can reduce landscape water use between 40 to 75 percent.
- Replacing your lawn with sheet mulching to convert lawns to a water smart yard is the most impactful way to save water.
- Installing a timed drip irrigation system can save up to 25 gallons per day.
- Fix irrigation leaks: a leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
For more information on how Californians can take action today to save water, visit SaveOurWater.com.