Wondering how to reduce water use by 15%? Here are some helpful tips

ByAndrew Morris KGO logo
Friday, July 16, 2021
Here are some helpful tips on how to cut water use by 15%
Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for most of California. ABC7 compiled easy tips to save, from your toilet to your shower and lawn.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- With California falling into an even deeper drought, one we haven't seen in quite some time, you might be wondering how much do I actually need to conserve?

This week, we saw 50 of 58 counties in the state become declared part of this drastic "drought emergency."

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All of the Bay Area is either in "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. Out local cities, counties, water suppliers are asking us to spare as many car washes and long showers as we can.

Even Governor Gavin Newsom considering the data, calling for us to voluntarily reduce all our water use by 15%.

But what does that really look like in our daily activities? And let's say you're already pretty "water conscious," you might think, what else can you do?

ABC7 News spoke with Nelsy Rodriguez of the East Bay Municipal Utility District and got some tips on how to conserve.

"A showerhead releases about two gallons of water per minute, so collectively, if we cut our shower time by one minute we could two million gallons of water a day," said Rodriguez.

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