LADWP ISSUES WATER SAVING TIP OF THE WEEK #2
THE 5-MINUTE SHOWER CHALLENGE
Every minute of a Shortened Shower Results in 2.5 Gallons Saved
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water Power (LADWP) today launched its second water conservation “Tip of the Week” to remind ratepayers that cutting water use even by modest amounts can add up to tremendous savings in terms of both resources as well as money. The LADWP, which imports between 85-90% of its water annually, has seen its water supplies cut this year and must achieve water savings through conservation efforts.
Tip #2: Cut shower times to five minutes per day.
Each minute of reduced shower time results in as much as 2.5 gallons saved. After getting wet, turn off the shower to soap up, shampoo and/or shave, then turn the shower back on to rinse. Set a timer to ring on the five minute mark.
To save even more water Angelenos should Install a water efficient shower head. A standard shower head uses five to 10 gallons of water per minute. In contrast, low-flow shower heads use a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute. Water-efficient shower heads also reduce your use of hot water which saves energy – meaning you’ll save money on your gas and power bills too.
Tip #1 asked Angelenos to cut outdoor watering to no more than three days a week since outdoor water use accounts for about 40% of household water bills.
To learn more about water conservation programs offered by the LADWP and the Metropolitan Water District, and for conservation tips for indoor and outdoor water savings, please visit www.bewaterwise.com or www.ladwp.com.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP serves about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.
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Jane Galbraith, Public Affairs