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Education

Find resources and quick links from the City of Sacramento and other organizations to help residents and business save water.

WATER WISE AND RIVER-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE PROGRAM BROCHURES


FIXING LEAKS

Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year, which is equal to the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

Here’s how to identify easy-to-fix leaks around your home:

  • Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the water meter changes, you could have a leak.
  • Check for leaks by inspecting faucets, showerheads, irrigation systems and other fixtures. Check for toilets leads by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which use 20 percent less water.
  • Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you could have leaks.

The City offers free leak assistance to low-income, single-family residential home owners in disadvantaged communities that typically cannot afford to make leak repairs.


SMART IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS

A “smart” or weather-based irrigation controller uses local weather data to tailor watering schedules to conditions on the site. Conventional controllers irrigate use a controller with a clock and a preset schedule. EPA WaterSense labeled controllers allow watering schedules to match plants' water needs.


VIDEOS

Visit Beyond the Drought to find a series of short videos and tools to help your landscape thrive while you save water. Learn how to switch sprinkler nozzles to rotary nozzles, convert your sprinklers to drip irrigation, help your trees thrive, and more.


BE WATER SMART

Be Water Smart is a program that focuses on public outreach and education sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and water agencies in California. These agencies in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, plus the City of West Sacramento are working together to help their customers use water efficiently. 


FINDING A CONTRACTOR FAMILIAR WITH DROUGHT-TOLERANT LANDSCAPING

Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association to find landscape contractors knowledgeable in drought-tolerant landscape design and irrigation.


SACRAMENTO TREE FOUNDATION

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization that works to improve communities through stewardship of the urban forest.


DEPARTMENT OF UTILITIES DROUGHT-TOLERANT GARDEN

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The demonstration garden at the City's Department of Utilities headquarters (1395 35th Ave.) is open to the public and provides examples of drought-tolerant landscaping, water efficient irrigation systems, green infrastructure, and low-impact development.