Conserving water continues to be one of the City of Hesperia's top priorities. Since Hesperia is a desert city, saving water must be a consistent, year-round effort.
Given the recent, statewide wildfires, extreme heat, and unprecedently dry conditions, the Governor of California has called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by fifteen percent. There are a number of simple water saving techniques you can implement to reduce your water usage. During the 2012-2016 drought, Californians achieved a 21% statewide reduction in water usage by implementing simple changes in the way they used water at home.
Read more about the State of California's response to drought conditions:
- Office of the Governor's press release
- Executive Order N-10-21
- State of California - California Drought Action
Keep reading for water conservation techniques that you can implement at home to help save water in our community and save money on your water bill.
Conserving water indoors can be one of the easiest ways to help save water and there are many ways you can increase water conservation efforts inside your home. Here are just a few:
- Fix leaking toilets and faucets - save up to 110 gallons each month
- Take shorter (5 minute) showers and install water-efficient showerheads - save up to 12.5 gallons per shower
- Shut off water while brushing teeth, washing hair, and shaving - save up to 10 gallons per person per day
- Run dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads - save 5-15 gallons per dishwasher load & 15-45 gallons per washing machine load
- Fill bathtub halfway or less - save up to 12 gallons per bath
- Install high-efficiency toilets - save up to 19 gallons per person per day
Conserving water outdoors has a big impact on water usage. Outdoor irrigation accounts for as much as 50% of residential water usage and much of that water is wasted by evaporation, wind, or runoff from inefficient irrigation methods. The tips below are ways to save water outside your home:
- Recycle indoor water to use on outdoor plants - reduce water use by up to 30%
- Use a broom instead of water to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks - save 8-18 gallons every minute
- Use a shut-off nozzle on hoses or take vehicles to commercial car washes that use recycled water
- Adjust sprinkler heads and fix irrigation leaks - a small leak can waste about 6,300 gallons per month
- Irrigate landscapes more efficiently - save up to 8,800 gallons of water per year
- Water one day less per week
- Do not water during or immediately after it rains
- Water during the cooler parts of the day
- Use a weather-based irrigation controller
Water Wise Landscape
Learn more about saving water through efficient landscape practices by visiting the City's Water Wise Landscape page.
There are a number of federal, state, and local agencies committed to water awareness and conservation. Visit the websites below for additional information about water conservation.
The Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) provides a number of water conservation ideas specific to our high desert home, to help you Save Indoors and Save Outdoors.
The City of Hesperia is proud to partner with Save Our Water in an effort to preserve our most important natural resource for future generations. Save Our Water provides tips for saving water both Around the House and Around the Yard.
- California Department of Water Resources - Conservation Tips
- California Department of Water Resources - Conservation Portal
- United States Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency - Water Conservation
Mandatory Water Conservation Measures
The City of Hesperia Municipal Code outlines a number of mandatory water conservation measures, in which "all water users must continue to use water wisely, to prevent the waste or unreasonable use of water, and to reduce water consumption to that necessary for ordinary domestic and commercial purposes" (HMC 14.04.170). Those mandatory conservation measures are listed below.
- Exterior Landscape Plans. Exterior landscape plans for all new multi-family; commercial and industrial development shall provide for timed irrigation systems and shall require the use of drought resistant varieties of plants, shrubs, and turf. Such plans shall be presented to and approved prior to issuance of a water service letter.
- Excess Irrigation and Related Waste. No customer of the district or other person acting on behalf of or under the direction of a customer shall cause or permit the use of water for irrigation of landscaping or other outdoor vegetation plantings, lawns or other growth, to exceed the amount required to provide reasonable irrigation of the same, and shall not cause or permit any unreasonable or excessive waste of water from said irrigation activities or from watering devices or systems. The free flow of water away from an irrigated site shall be presumptively considered excessive irrigation and waste.
- Agricultural Irrigation. Persons receiving water from the district who are engaged in agricultural practices, whether for the purpose of crop production or growing of commercial ornamental plants, shall provide, maintain and use irrigation equipment and practices which are the most efficient possible. The general manager may require the owner or operators of these systems to prepare a plan describing their irrigation practices and equipment, including but not limited to, an estimate of the efficiency of the use of water on their properties.
- Commercial Facilities. Commercial and industrial facilities shall, upon request of the general manager, provide the district with their plan to insure conservation of water at their facilities. The district will provide these facilities with information regarding the average monthly water use by the facility for the last two-year period. The facility will be expected to provide the district with a plan to conserve or reduce the amount of water used by that percentage deemed to be necessary under the circumstances. After review and approval by the general manager, the water conservation plan shall be considered subject to inspection and enforcement by the district.
- Swimming Pools. All residential, public and recreational swimming pools shall use evaporation resistant covers and shall recirculate water. Any swimming pool which does not have a cover installed during periods of nonuse shall be considered a waste of water.
- Vehicle Washing. The washing of cars, trucks or other vehicles is not permitted, except with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off device, or at a commercial facility designed and so designated on the district's billing records.