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Residential Water Consumption Steadily Increasing
Findings at a glance A broader view What you can do

Take action on the Bay Area's behalf. Here are some ways you can save water.

  • Conserve water. Take shorter showers, turn off the water while you brush your teeth and shave, run washing machines and dishwashers only when they're full.

  • Invest in appliances that conserve water, such as low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and faucets, and high-efficiency clothes washers, which use up to 20 gallons less water per load.

  • Check your pipes and faucets for leaks or drips. Even a small drip can waste hundreds of gallons a month.

  • Urge your water supplier to implement water recycling and wastewater reclamation programs if it hasn't already (check your water bill or with your landlord to find your supplier).

  • You'll find lots more ways to conserve water in our guide to saving water and keeping it clean. (For still more Bay Area green-living tips, see all our Green Gate Green Guides.) And to keep informed and take action on the latest issues affecting the Bay Area and the rest of California, join NRDC's California Activist Network.

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