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Water Conservation Tips

As California faces extreme drought conditions, your commitment to conservation is needed now.  Brisbane residents can help reduce water use if everyone takes a few simple steps.  If you haven’t already, please take the following actions immediately:

At Home

  • Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes – saves about 2 gallons per minute.
  • Install water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators – saves 1 gallon per minute.
  • Shorten your shower time – reducing your shower by just 3 minutes can save about 8 gallons of water.
  • Repair toilets and other plumbing leaks ASAP – saves hundreds of gallons per day.  Important reminder: Tenants should immediately report leaking plumbing fixtures to property manager.
  • Replace older toilets and clothes washers with new water-efficient models.  (These two fixtures are the largest water users in the home).  Rebates for High-Efficiency Toilets are available through the City of Brisbane's Public Works Department. 
  • Reduce one load of laundry per week by waiting to run full loads – saves about 20 gallons.


  • Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways and other surfaces – saves about 15 gallons per minute.
  • Limit landscape watering – twice a week is enough for most gardens in Brisbane, and this must take place outside the hours of 9:00am - 6:00pm.
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray and runoff.
  • Add mulch to your landscape - a 2-3" layer of mulch around plants helps retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

Click here to download a Water Reduction Card to print and put in a visible spot in your home.  Together, we can stretch our limited water supplies - conserve today and save for tomorrow.