Dealing with Drought:
Making water conservation a Monterey County way of life

 Ways to Conserve

Conservation is important no matter the weather

Part of the Governor's call to action is for Californians to attempt to reduce water consumption by 20%.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, the average Californian uses 196 gallons per day. Reducing by 20% means saving 38 gallons daily.

Use some of the tips below to see if you can save your share - 20% is easier than you think!

ideas for saving water: install aerators on faucets, wash only full loads of clothes, turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving, take shorter showers, fix leaky toilets, install effecient shower heads and toilets

 Check out some more ideas for conservation at Save Our H20.

Don't forget about outside: Using outdoor water more efficiently

Monterey County Outdoor Watering Information

What Time of Day Should I Water?

In Monterey County, watering between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. takes advantage of relatively low wind speeds and less loss of water to evaporation.

How Long Should I Water?

Precise watering times vary depending on the type of watering device, soil, slope, and plants. Keep in mind with clay soils, running an irrigation system on a lawn for more than five minutes will generally result in runoff.

How Often Should I Water?

Summer: 2-3 times per week

Fall: 1-2 times per week

Spring: 1-2 times per week

Winter: Time to complement winter rainfall


More outdoor tips at Monterey County Waterwise Landscaping