LADWP offers tips for water conservation

PPM tests sprinklers outside the B5 parking lot. CSUN is working on new innitiatives to conserve water, including a learning living community in the dorms starting next fall. (Photo Credit: Ken Scarboro/Senior Photographer)
PPM tests sprinklers outside the B5 parking lot.  CSUN is working on new innitiatives to conserve water, including a learning living community in the dorms starting next fall. (Photo Credit: Ken Scarboro/Senior Photographer)
PPM tests sprinklers outside the B5 parking lot. CSUN is working on new innitiatives to conserve water, including a learning living community in the dorms starting next fall. (Photo Credit: Ken Scarboro/Senior Photographer)

As everyone tries to save water during this drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website has offered tips in saving water and reducing the cost of your bill.

The biggest way you can conserve water is by replacing your sprinklers. The standard fan spray nozzle on sprinkler systems does not reduce run off water. By replacing them with rotating sprinklers, it will reduce misting and run off. These sprinklers will also reduce the amount of evaporation.  Changing your sprinklers can save you an average of $228 per year.

The easiest way to conserve water is to install a pool cover. According to the LADWP, pool covers reduce water loss through evaporation. This reduces the amount of water you will need to refill the pool with.  Pool covers will also help maintain the pool temperature, which helps save on gas heating.  Pool covers can save about $114 per year and about 14,239 gallons of water a year.

Changing your bathroom faucet is also helpful. Replacing the bathroom faucet with a more efficient, low flow one will help regulate the flow of water. The water faucets come in different flows, which can be rated at gallons per minute. Replacing the water faucet can help you save an average of 913 gallons of water per year, according to the LADWP website.

Clothes washer can also be very wasteful. Installing a new high efficiency clothes washer can save about 50 percent more of water than a conventional top loader washer. Older models use up to 60 gallons of water per load. The LADWP estimates that changing your washer can save an average of 10,167 gallons of water per year, and about $82 a year.

Simple changes of household products can help conserve the water and your monthly bills.