• May Is Water Awareness Month

    May 1, 2020
    May Is Water Awareness Month
    The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department, along with other water agencies within Santa Barbara County, will be observing the month of May as Water Awareness Month.  Water Awareness Month helps educate Californians on water issues and encourages wise use of water resources.  The ultimate goal is to develop awareness of water and the need to conserve water throughout the City and for the environment.  
    California continues to face generally-dry weather conditions and Water Awareness Month acts as a reminder to use water efficiently. Historically, water use increases in the month of May as summer approaches, especially for outdoor use.
    Outdoor Conservation Tips
    • Plant drought-tolerant or drought-resistant plants and trees
    • Replace grass and turf with water-wise plants
    • Recycle indoor water by using it on plants
    • Refrain from watering landscapes for 48 hours after rainfall
    • Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of a hose
    • Water outdoor landscapes earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler
    As a result of COVID-19, more families are staying home and practicing social isolation. Water Awareness Month provides an additional opportunity to remind residents of ways to conserve water indoors and save money.
    Indoor Conservation Tips
    • Install water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads, high-efficiency toilets, and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators 
    • Reduce showers by two minutes and save five gallons of water
    • Turn water off while brushing teeth and save three gallons of water
    • Fix leaky faucets and save up to 20 gallons of water per day