S.F. to Residents: Stop Using So Much Water

Categories: FYI, Weather

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Oblivious to the drought.
If the California drought wasn't a reality in your cushy life, then it will be soon. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is planning to politely ask all of you water hogs to cut back your H20 usage by 10 percent.

Please.

The state is facing a rather severe dry spell and although it's supposed to rain later this week, that'll only be a drop in the bucket, so to speak.

Yes, it's correct that San Francisco's PUC residential customers are already using the least amount of water per capita in the state (49 gallons per day), but considering this has been one of the driest winters on tap, San Francisco needs to use even less water.

That goes for businesses, too.

"I believe voluntary water conservation efforts are the best way to avert mandatory cutbacks and other water restrictions should drought conditions persist," San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly said in a written statement released today.

SFPUC Spokesperson Charles Sheehan offered up some advice on how to ween yourself off water.

"Turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth can save you two gallons per minute. Taking shorter showers -- for every minute you save, you're going to save about 2.5 gallons of water," he tells KGO.

Other things you can do:

  • Fix those leaky faucets.
  • Reduce your lawn irrigation (this is an easy one since you don't have a lawn)
  • Take a five-minute shower instead of a 20-minute shower (Each minute you cut saves 2.5 gallons)
  • Install water-efficient everything (dishwashers, washing machines, toilets)
  • Soak pots and pans, don't let the faucet run
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways and pavement instead of using a hose.
  • Operate your clothes and dishwashers with full loads only, even if the machine has an adjustable load setting.
  • Install aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce indoor water use by about 4%.

For more information check out Save Our H20.




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38 comments
trai_dep
trai_dep

Number One Tip to Reduce Wasting Tens of Millions of Gallons of Water:


STOP FRACKING IN CALIFORNIA.


Geezus. One less well = an entire city's four-month supply. 


Fix this, THEN come to me at tell me to take a shower once a week to conserve water.


Added bonus: 2024 Californians subjected to fewer mock apologies by long-gone out-of-state (and country) oil & gas companies for poisoning California's water table, destroying our agriculture industry, our habitat and our kids. Fewer taxpayers' wallets raped to mitigate billions of damage committed by long-gone shell companies.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

SF Residents to SF Government: Get Out Of Our Lives !

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

If it's yellow let it mellow.

If it's brown flush it down.


aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

Get rid of all illegals and save a lot of water

Federale
Federale topcommenter

I resolve to steam the wrinkles out of my clothes instead of ironing the wrinkles out just to spite the City and County of San Francisco.  I will double my water consumption.  A better idea would be to arrest all illegal aliens in California and deport them.

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

Soooooooooooooooooo many asses in SF now, good luck with that.

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

Soooooooooooooooooo many people in SF now, good luck with that.

Carlos Torrez
Carlos Torrez

It would be nice that out water didn't have Fluoride

Anita Posey
Anita Posey

I saw a guy washing his car on the sidewalk this weekend! Just let the freakin water spill all over the street and sidewalk. I wanted to punch him!!

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

Sorry, but asking tenants to upgrade their landlord's plumbing fixtures is a non-starter. 

Ben Velez
Ben Velez

Oh, and a lot of Febreeze for your clothes. :-)

Ben Velez
Ben Velez

Buy more perfume, cologne, deoderant and air freshners. LOL!!

Jon Wollenhaupt
Jon Wollenhaupt

Really? Urban areas use15% of state's water supply. Agriculture uses 62%. Ask big agriculture—large corporate farms that get free or subsidize water—what THEY are doing to conserve water.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

There are people in the hotels who spend hours of every day in their shower stalls. How do we inform them?

Jim Piechota
Jim Piechota

With all the techie entitlement going on in "NEW" SF, good luck getting anyone to lessen their use of anything. #doesn'tapplytomecuzImake6figures

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@trai_dep Most moronic suggestion posted here yet ! Fracking is the only known way to convert shale into oil. We have enough in the ground here to exceed the known reserves of the Saudi Peninsula and be energy independent forever. The Communist 'enviro' movement is anti-human and wants to take us back to the Dark Ages.


In your case please shower more often out of consideration for your fellows.

adelacuba
adelacuba

@aliasetc that ain't nice. maybe you should go back to wherever you came from.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

With urine only every third time is fine.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

But you didn't. You are a part of the problem.


red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

Good point but how much more are you willing to pay for food ?

Federale
Federale topcommenter

@whateveryousay Clearly you are a fool who wants to coddle illegal aliens while the rest of use get deprived of water.

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