Ways you can help conserve water during drought

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County hasn’t seen a drought this severe in nearly forty years. The average annual rainfall in Bakersfield is around six inches, but so far this year the city has seen less than an inch.

You may be surprised by how much water you waste on a daily basis. The average person wastes 7-10 gallons of water per minute during a shower.

Luckily, there are everyday changes you can make without drastically changing your routine that will help grow our scarce water supply and your bank account.  Here are a few:

-Wash only full loads of clothes
-Run the dishwasher only when it’s full
-Cut shower time to five minute showers
-Fix leaky faucets immediately
-Fix running toilets immediately
-Shut off water while brushing teeth

“If you know you have a bad flusher and it leaks and you can hear it running that’s about five gallons a minute,” says Rudy Valles with the California Water Service Company.

Most importantly, run your sprinklers either late at night or early morning because of the lighter temperatures.  75 percent of water use that happens in a home happens outside the house.

By participating in these small chores you can save more than 50 gallons a day, and minimize your water bills.

To find out more about how much of a difference you can make by conserving at home, click here .

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