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Eco-Friendly Plumbing and Water Conservation Tips in California

Most people see or think of Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service as in the drain business only. However, we see ourselves as in the plumbing business. This means taking care of water that is entering or leaving the home, and making sure there’s some around to be used.
So, here’s what we’re doing to educate you on the subject of water. First of all, it is you, our customer, who is in the “Driver’s Seat” when it comes to water consumption. What we can do is disseminate conservation information to you and the public in general about sensible water conservation measures.
Call us anytime for free information on water conservation. Most of the habits you need to practice and build into your everyday life are listed below.

​What Can You Do?

Ongoing water conservation isn’t a matter of doing without. It’s learning new disciplines so that you can have all the water you need for comfortable living without wasting water. On this page, we have indicated many areas around your house and grounds where you can save a lot of precious water by changing your habits.
  • Fix all leaks and drips around your house – a dripping faucet leaks 7 gallons of water a day.
  • Check thoroughly for any leaks in your pipes – a leak only 1/32 of an inch can waste 189 gallons of water a day.
  • Use water-saving shower heads and water control devices for toilets.
  • Fill automatic dishwashers completely for greatest efficiency. Scrape food off plates and glasses but don’t rinse them clean. Use the water-efficient cycle. Use a dishpan when you hand wash dishes. Only 5 gallons are used instead of the 30 gallons used when the tap is running.
  • Adjust the water levels in the washing machine and dishwasher to the size of the load.
  • Showers use less water than tub baths, but short showers are even better. Soap up, then rinse.
  • When washing your car, you can use a shut-off nozzle on your hose while you are soaping down the car.
  • Use a broom, not the hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
  • Use a solar pool cover on your pool to save on water evaporation.
  • Remember…a running hose uses 10 gallons of water a minute, so don’t leave hoses running unattended.
  • Replace turf area with patios, decking, courtyards and walkways. You will improve the value of your property while cutting back on grassy turf, the biggest water user in your yard.
  • Avoid watering on windy days or midday when evaporation is high. Water early in the morning, before 6:00 am if possible.
  • Use a kitchen timer as a reminder to shut off sprinklers if you don’t have an automatic system.
  • Use several inches of mulch material around plants. This saves water, discourages weed growth and looks good.
  • Make an earth basin around small shrubs and trees to retain water inside the basin.
  • Train your plants to develop deep roots. (Check with your local nursery.) Adjust sprinklers to water plants only — not the sidewalks, driveways, patios or street.
  • When watering, make sure that coverage is even so that you don’t have to drown one area in order to cover another area.
  • In California, plant warm-season grasses. Watering can be reduced by more than 20 percent over the thirstier cool season grasses. (Check with your local nursery.) Remove water-robbing weeds, before they get too large.


  • Set 3 flat bottom cans or coffee mugs at various places on your lawn.
  • Turn on your sprinklers for 15 minutes.
  • Measure the depth of the water in each can with a ruler and determine the average water depth in cans.
  • Check the chart at the right for the water depth in inches according to the season.
  • Read the number of minutes you should water about every third day and record the times for future reference.
  • Use these times as a guide only. You may need to water more when it’s extra hot or less when it’s cool or rains.