Mandatory Water Rationing for the East Bay

Mandatory Water Rationing for the East Bay

May 16, 2008
Anyone out there get the call from EBMUD yesterday? It's official: mandatory water rationing begins August 1st. What are your top tips for conserving water? Check out some suggestions below the jump.

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EMBUD) is asking East Bay residents to set a goal of using 19% less water this summer. With two consecutive years of dry weather, we're looking at some hard times out here. Here's our list of how to pitch in and do your part. Feel free to join in even if you don't fall under the mandatory umbrella...

  • turn off the water when brushing your teeth!

  • take shorter showers

  • instead of rinsing one dish at a time, fill up the sink with clean water and dip the dishes to clean

  • go old school: stick a bottle in the toilet tank

  • low-flow shower head

  • gray water!

  • check for leaky pipes and drippy faucets

  • invest in a drip irrigation system for your yard

  • landscape with drought tolerant plants

  • use mulch in your garden!
  • Visit the EMBUD website for even more ideas and details on the summer water rationing program.

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