Save every drop to help stretch water supply further

(KTSF by Jessie Liang)

San Francisco, CA – In support of the Governor’s call for conservation, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reminds their customers to conserve water and to look for any opportunity to further reduce their consumption.

The SFPUC spokesperson Tyrone Jue says San Francisco hasn’t been doing water restrictions yet. “We can always do better. That’s kind of our message that you can never save enough. Every little drop you saved helps stretch our supply even further,” Jue said.

The SFPUC last issued a mandatory water reduction request to their retail customers in 1989. In April 2007, the PUC issued a 10% voluntary reduction request. That request remained in place until 2009.

Jue says, “When 40% of your usage come from toilets and clothes washing, if you can upgrade those to be very efficient, you’re going to make pretty big dent in saving water and save money on your bill.”

To prevent water leaks is also important for water conservation, for example, to check the toilet flapper. “Over time, the flapper starts to deterioate where can bent up a little bit. Maybe it’s not sitted completely where you just leaking water through the tank,” Jue said.

The SFPUC also suggests people to select drought-resistant plants to reduce water use.  Jue says, “You don’t know if this is one year drought. You don’t know if this is going to be serveral years of drought. So conserve now and change your habits now.”

Conservation Tips for Consumers

•Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, rinsing vegetables or washing the dishes.

•Install aerators on the kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce the flow.

•Install low-flow showerheads, take shorter showers, and fill bathtubs halfway at most.

•Don’t use the toilet to flush away trash.

•Do only full loads of dishes and laundry.

•Sweep driveways and patios with a broom rather than hosing them down.

•Wash vehicles with a bucket and a sponge; use a hose with a self-closing nozzle to rinse.

•Use efficient irrigation practices, such as drip, and water early in the morning or late in the evening.

•Water deeply but less frequently, select drought-resistant plants, use mulch around them.

For more tips, tools, free plumbing devices, and incentives for reducing water use and your bills, schedule a free Water-Wise evaluation by one of our conservation technicians at (415)551-4730. For more information, visit

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