It's Crunch Time. Take 15 minutes to save water.

Last Updated: 7/18/2014

It's crunch time!

Hot weather is here and will be here for several more weeks. This normally means increased water usage outside to keep landscapes looking good. But this is certainly not a normal year. We are in the grips of a record-breaking, multi-year drought. Folsom Lake levels are dropping.

It’s always important to use water efficiently, but now it is critical to ensure our community’s water supply can endure what could be many more months of drought. To meet the community-wide goal of reducing water use by 20 percent, all of us need to continue doing our part.

During this time of year, 50 percent of a typical home’s water use is for outdoor irrigation. You can reduce your outdoor water use significantly by simply taking 15 short minutes to step outside and do these three things:

1. Turn it on! Turn on your irrigation system, valve by valve, and look for broken or leaking sprinklers, leaky valves, or misdirected spray. Fix all problems immediately.

2. Turn it down! Eliminating one irrigation cycle or reducing each irrigation cycle by two minutes could save more than 2,200 gallons of water per month, which is more than 10 percent of a typical home’s monthly use. You’re already half way to your 20 percent reduction goal.

3. Know your usage! You may be surprised. The best way to determine how you can save water is to know how much water you are using.  Sign up for Roseville’s free WaterInsight Program to get the data you need to make changes in your water usage – www.Roseville.WaterInsight.com.

In just 15 short minutes, you can take these simple steps will have a lasting positive effect on the community’s water supply and help all of us weather this unprecedented drought.
It truly is crunch time.