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WaterSense Toilets and Other Conservation Tips from RWC

The City of Redwood City offers rebates on certain "drought-conscience" appliances and has free water efficient tools available for residents.

The State has asked all California residents to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 20 percent. 

To make this voluntary effort easier for Redwood City residents, city officials are offering some helpful tips on how to be "drought conscience" while reminding the community of the rebates and FREE water efficient tools the city has available.

For more information on Redwood City's rebates and offers, call the Conservation team at 650-780-7436 or email conservationfd@redwoodcity.org.

Below, is a short "tutorial" on how to conserve water, complements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (Thank you EPA!)

Top 12 water conservation tips you may not know or considered...

  1.  Look up if your household has "WaterSense" products by visiting the EPA website. Redwood City offers rebates for WaterSense toilets.
  2. Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. The City offers low flow faucet aerators for FREE!
  3. Take a shower over a bath...just stay aware of how long you are showering! We offer residents FREE low flow showerheads!
  4. In the kitchen...plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
  5. Use a dishwasher, and fill it up before you do!
  6. Scrape your plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
  7. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you're not waiting for water to cool as it comes out of the faucet.
  8. Avoid the garbage disposal...it's not good for your pipes or water conservation. Throw food scraps in the compost bin.
  9. Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your machine. The City and PG&E offer rebates for High Efficiency Washing Machines!
  10. Check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
  11. Give your garden hose a break. Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
  12. Wash the car with water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Did You Know? (www.epa.gov)

Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent!

  1. Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency. Redwood City offers residential customers 25 FREE efficient sprinkler nozzles.
  2. Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery  for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.
  3. If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
Stephanie January 28, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Another easy one is to put one of those big Home Depot buckets in the shower to catch the cold water while your shower is warming up. Then use that to water your plants. My neighbor taught me that one. :)
Bill in RWC January 29, 2014 at 09:58 AM
How about not have your city take on massive projects to add more residents when we already don't have the resources to cover the current residents.
Steve B January 29, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I agree with bill....
John Koeller February 04, 2014 at 03:19 PM
If you are looking to purchase a new toilet for your home or business, get the best performing model, and maybe even get a REBATE from the Redwood City program, then you definitely should check out Maximum Performance (MaP) testing. Go to http://www.map-testing.com for the up-to-date flush performance data and design information on 1,900+ different WaterSense toilet models from 80 different brands!!….all independently tested by laboratories NOT connected to any manufacturer. Click on ‘MaP Search’ to use the free search tool OR download complete product listings. MaP development was sponsored by the WATER UTILITY INDUSTRY in 2003 to give consumers a means to compare actual flush performance among all the many toilets available in the marketplace. You can download a complete list of all U.S. EPA WaterSense toilet models, OR you can do a 'search' of the database by specifying the exact characteristics you need (such as round front vs. elongated bowls, ADA height bowls vs. standard 15-inch high bowls, one-piece vs. two-piece toilets, and so on). It's entirely FREE and found at http://www.map-testing.com. MaP DOES NOT SELL TOILETS.....it merely has them tested and reports the results free-of-charge to the public.

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