Ten Ways to Avoid Water Waste

  1. Do not over-water plants and lawns. Avoid water runoff into streets and gutters.

  2. For best results, try morning watering. Evaporation loss is at a minimum.

  3. Avoid washing down paved areas. Sweep driveway and sidewalks in garden cleanup.

  4. When washing the car...Use a bucket of water. Use the hose only to rinse.

  5. Repair faucet leaks. As much as 15 gallons of water can be lost each day with a slow drip.

  6. Avoid toilet water waste. Do not use toilet as a trash disposal.

  7. Don't fall asleep in the shower. An extra five minutes in the shower could mean another 50 gallons down the drain. Use a moderate stream.

  8. The automatic dishwasher – use it wisely. Half loads cheat you out of full water use.

  9. Watch those laundry loads, too. Some 50 gallons of water are used to wash a load of clothes. Make every load count.

  10. Avoid the running faucet. Don't run water continuously while shaving, brushing teeth, peeling vegetables, or washing dishes. 

Conservation Ordinance 2009

Click on the links below to learn more about Water Conservation.

Water-use efficiency legislation


Since 2011, EOCWD has voluntarily implemented indoor and outdoor use targets – or water budgets – for households, using a target of 55 gallons per day. This policy aligns with targets set to be mandated for water districts by the state starting in 2023.


We closely monitor policy changes at the state level, and it is possible the state may alter outdoor watering targets. If that happens, we will communicate those changes with you.

We appreciate the efforts of our customers to use water wisely, and our district is well prepared as new legislative mandates begin to come online.


Click here to view a fact-sheet for more information on this new legislation.


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The East Orange County Water District encompasses an area of approximately 10,000 acres and is a member of the Municipal Water District of Orange County which is a member of the Metropolitan Water District and therefore entitled to receive Colorado River and Northern California imported water through the distribution facilities of the Metropolitan system.

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