Save Water On Your Own

If you haven’t taken steps to start conserving water, now’s the time.

While it’s important that everyone does their part to help with California’s water crisis, taking a few steps to save water can also help you save some real cash. Here are just a few of the ways you can start saving water today, without a plumber’s help:

Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine with a partial load

If you make a habit of only running these appliances when you have full loads, you can save anywhere from 10–30 gallons of water per load!

Take shorter showers

You’ve probably heard this one over and over again, and that’s because it’s one of the easiest ways to save water. One five minute shower uses approximately 10 gallons of water, meaning that a 20 minute shower uses 40 gallons or more.

Upgrade your sprinkler heads

According to the EPA, up to 60% of residential water usage happens outdoors. If you want to take a serious chunk out of your water bill, consider replacing your old sprinkler heads with high-efficiency heads, like the Hunter MP Rotator head. Instead of emitting more water than your plants can absorb, these heads will slow down the flow, so less water is wasted to runoff and evaporation.

Replacing all of your heads can cut your water usage by 30%, and you won’t have to worry about your lawn not being evenly covered or having excessive water runoff. This sprinkler head is available with different watering radiuses to meet your needs and save you money fast.


For more tips on DIY water conservation, visit Water Use It Wisely’s 100 Ways to Conserve

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Hunter MP rotator head conserves water

Our Plumbers Can Help You Save Even More

In addition to all the DIY ways of saving water, our plumbers can help you save even more. With the help of a few quick, cost-effective upgrades, you’ll start to see real savings immediately.

Install low-flow faucet aerators and water-saving shower heads

Not only will a faucet aerator help you save water: it also helps prevent splashing, makes your faucet quieter, and makes the water pressure feel higher. Add in a savings of 15+ gallons of water per day, per faucet, and you can’t lose.

Install high efficiency toilets

At 3.5-7 gallons per flush, older toilets are often one of the biggest water wasters in a home. The good news is that modern toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush, and some use even less than that. Our plumbers can help you choose a toilet that can dramatically lower your water usage without sacrificing flushing power.

Checking for leaks

The average home’s household leaks waste over 10,000 gallons per year, and 10% of homes lose over 30,000 gallons to leaks.

Our plumbers can perform a full leak inspection on your home, including meter monitoring, dye testing your toilets, checking for slab leaks, and more.  If you suspect that your water bill is higher than it should be, call Simpson Plumbing for your household leak inspection today.

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Jim, one of our Tracy plumbers is checking for leaks and marking them down