As California continues to face drought conditions each year, every drop of water is a precious resource. To properly navigate these long-term climatic changes and ensure a sustainable water supply for our community, Paramount residents are encouraged to implement water conservation practices into their daily lives.
Wondering what the current drought conditions are in California? Check out the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The California Department of Water Resources and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California recommend the following indoor and outdoor conservation practices:
Indoor Conservation Tips
- Fix leaks promptly.
- Install high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency washing machines, aerators on bathroom and kitchen faucets, and water-efficient shower heads.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of under running water.
- Take shorter showers.
- Track your water bill and meter to curtail water use.
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only.
Outdoor Conservation Tips
- Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees.
- Recycle indoor water to use on plants.
- Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains.
- Water outdoor landscaping earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler to prevent evaporation of irrigation water.
- Use drip emitters or spot- and hand-watering instead of inefficient spray heads.
- Replace your grass/turf with water-wise plants.
- Use a broom to clean outdoor areas instead of water from a hose.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to maintain a water-efficient garden, MWD offers free virtual classes in landscape design and irrigation principles. MWD also offers several commercial and residential rebate programs to help conserve water. For more information, visit SoCalWaterSmart.com.
View Drought Measures for Stages 1-5.
Not only do trees beautify our neighborhoods and homes, they also clean our water and air, improve our health and mental well-being, and are essential in maintaining a healthy environment.
Droughts make trees more susceptible to pests and diseases, and it is important that we do what we can to help the urban forest in Paramount and beyond stay healthy. California Urban Forests Council offers tips to cut back on water use and save trees: