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Water Saving Tips
Everyone in San José has been asked to reduce their water use by 20 percent based upon 2013 water use.

Save Water Indoors
It’s important to conserve water indoors, especially in the bathroom and laundry room where most indoor water use occurs. 
  1. Go check – find/fix leaks, save 15 gal. per day
  2. Go with the flow – use low flow showerheads, save 12 gal. per day
  3. Go express – reduce showers by 5 min., save 15 gal.
  4. Go load up – only do full loads of laundry, save 20 gal. per load

Learn how far these indoor tips can go. View this water savings table to see how many gallons you can save by taking simple steps.

Save Water Outdoors

The following outdoor water use rules are in effect and apply to everyone in San José. View the full list of water use rules for residents.This chart illustrates how to adjust outdoor watering for different seasons.
  1. Be cool – water when it's coolest. Outdoor watering hours are restricted to before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. and on three designated days when using the sprinkler system.
    • Odd numbered addresses – Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
    • Even numbered addresses – Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays
    • No numbered address – Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays
  2. Be in control – don’t let water flow into gutters or streets.
  3. Be a sharp shooter – with automatic shut-off nozzles on hoses.
  4. Be a sweeper – sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down.

Save Water in Your Business

San José is also asking businesses to reduce their water use. View the full list of water use rules for businesses.

Rebates and More Water Saving Tips
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers rebate programs that can help residents and businesses save water. The water footprint calculator is a great tool for identifying more ways that conserve water.