Golden State Water Company

UPDATED 5/27/21

Golden State Water is sharing the following tips to help customers improve their water-use efficiency, both outside and inside their properties. Please review these tips and make adjustments to ensure we are all using water responsibly.

Outdoor Water-Use Efficiency Tips

Lawns

  • Limit lawn irrigation to 3 days per week. *

  • Water lawns before 8 am or after 7 pm, when temperatures are cooler. *

  • Water for 2-3 minutes, wait 45 minutes, then water again for 2-3 minutes. This schedule will help prevent runoff and water lost through the soil.

  • Turn off lawn irrigation systems during rainy periods, and avoid watering during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

  • Avoid watering your lawn on windy days to limit overspray and evaporation.

  • Survey your lawn irrigation system and fix any sprinklers, valves and lines that may be damaged or leaking water.

  • Check to make sure sprinklers are positioned to irrigate your lawn and not your sidewalk, driveway or gutters.

  • Install a weather-based smart irrigation controller and water-efficient sprinkler heads (rebates available).

  • While hand watering your lawn, focus on dry spots and pay close attention to avoid runoff.

Gardens & Trees

  • Water gardens before 8 am or after 7 pm, when temperatures are cooler.

  • Turn off garden irrigation systems during rainy periods, and avoid watering during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

  • Install a drip irrigation system for your garden, shrubs and trees.

  • Deep water trees no more than twice a month in the summer and less in the winter.

  • Add mulch around trees and plants to limit evaporation and regulate soil temperature.

  • Landscape your garden with California-friendly and low water-use plants.

  • Survey your garden irrigation system and fix any sprinklers, valves and lines that may be damaged or leaking water.

  • Install a weather-based smart irrigation controller and water-efficient sprinkler heads (rebates available).

General Outdoor Water Use

  • When washing cars, use a bucket of water with a quick hose rinse at the end and make sure your hose has a shutoff nozzle. When possible, take your car to a car wash that recycles its water.

  • Avoid using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks. Use a broom instead.

  • Turn off and drain your decorative water fountain or feature during the drought.

  • Use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation and keep your pool clean.

  • Check and fix any leaks on your outdoor hose bibs. Use a shutoff nozzle whenever using a hose.