Water-Saving Tips for Residents

Small steps. Big savings.

Saving water every day is the Long Beach way. Small water-wise habits make a big difference. There are many diverse ways to save water both indoors and outdoors, whether you live in an apartment, condominium or house.


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Turf Replacement

If you are a residential customer looking to remove your turf grass, contact LawnToGarden@lbwater.org. The Lawn-to-Garden program provides an incentive of $3.00 per square foot for front yards and $2.00 per square foot for backyards, up to 5,000 square feet. For more information about the Lawn-to-Garden incentive and to apply, please visit www.lblawntogarden.com.

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Pool and Spa

  • Use a pool cover to significantly reduce water lost to evaporation. Pool covers also reduce the need for chemicals and reduce energy costs for heated pools
  • Shut off all water features including waterfalls and fountains to reduce water loss and evaporation
  • Check the pool periodically for leaks
  • Use a cartridge pool filter which does not require backwashing
  • Incorporate a pre-filter into your system which can reduce the water needed to clean sand and cartridge filters
  • Keep pools and pool filters clean to minimize the frequency of filter backwashing
  • If possible, utilize filter backwash water on lawns or shrubs (if chlorine levels are acceptable at less than 3 mg/L)
  • Check automatic timers to adjust the frequency and duration
  • Lower pool temperatures to reduce the water lost to evaporation and save energy
  • Plug the overflow line when pool is in use
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Irrigation and Landscaping

  • Turn sprinklers off before, during and after rainstorms
  • Fix broken or misaligned sprinklers
  • Put mulch under shrubs and trees
  • Water at dawn or dusk
  • Install a soil moisture sensor system
  • Stick to the watering schedule
  • Switch traditional sprinklers to high efficiency rotary sprinklers
  • Install a weather-based irrigation controller
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Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Use a broom to clean driveways and patios instead of a hose
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on the hose when washing your car. Better yet, take your car to a carwash, which often uses less water than you would at home. Many also use recycled water. LBG Express Car Wash recycles over 90% of water used. This allows them to use about 14 gallons of fresh water per car, which is less than most washing machines.


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Residential rebates are available to help residents switch their indoor and outdoor home utility devices to new, water efficient ones. Visit SoCal WaterSmart for a complete list of available rebates, qualifying models, eligibility requirements, and information on the rebate process.
*Note: applicable to customers living in apartments, townhomes, condominiums or mobile home complexes with four or less units that are not represented by a homeowner’s association or property management company. Multi-family complexes with five or more units may qualify for commercial rebates.

Rebates are available for property owners and managers to upgrade indoor and outdoor devices to water efficient ones in their properties. Visit SoCal WaterSmart for a complete list of available rebates, qualifying models, eligibility requirements, and information on the rebate process.

LBWD offers an additional $35 rebate to customers who install an ultra high-efficiency toilet (0.8 gpf) and showerhead (1.5 gpm) combination. Participating customers must first apply for a toilet rebate from SoCal WaterSmart and use that reservation number to be eligible for the enhanced incentive. Download the LBWD application.

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In the Kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when full
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Instead of using water to thaw frozen foods, use the fridge to defrost overnight
  • Reuse water, such as from rinsing produce or boiling pasta (let it cool first!) to water the garden
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In the Laundry Room

  • Wash only full laundry loads
  • Change to a high efficiency clothes washer
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In the Bathroom

  • When lathering don’t run the water
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Fill the bathtub halfway or less
  • Take a one-song-shower
  • Shave with the water off
  • Flush wisely
  • Install a low-flow showerhead
  • Change to a high efficiency toilet using available rebates