Galt's Water Conservation Status (updated 6-7-16)
Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone must use water efficiently in our daily lives. The City of Galt pumps water from deep wells throughout our City. With an extended drought there is the potential that we could run out of water.
Water demand in the summer months triples due to the increased consumption from watering of lawns and swimming pools. For example, in January 2013 the Water Division pumped 84 million gallons. This amount increased to 252 million gallons in July 2013. That amounts to over 10,000 gallons of water for every person in the City of Galt.
Here are a few tips that can help to conserve water on the interior and the exterior of your home.
- Visually inspect your sprinkler system once a month. Check for broken or missing sprinklers. If you water at night or early morning you may not notice sprinkler problems.
- Water landscaping in cycles by reducing the number minutes on your timer, and use multiple starts spaced 1-2 hours apart. This will allow water to soak in rather than running off.
- When using manual sprinklers, set a timer to remind you when to move the sprinkler or turn the water off. Automatic shut-off nozzles are required for hose watering.
- Where practical, water during early morning or evening hours to maximize water infiltration and minimize evaporation during the hotter hours of the day.
- Know where your emergency shut offs are for your home and sprinklers, in the case of a broken pipe or emergency.
- Run your washing machine, and dish washer only when they are full and this can save up to a 1,000 gallons a month.
- When you clean your fish tank, use the water you drain on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with fertilizer for your plants.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank, if it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Repairing a leaky toilet can save about 600 gallons a month.
For additional information visit: Save Our Water