Here are some ways we do our part in conserving water. We hope if you are not already being “water conscious,” you join us in our effort to protect the precious resource of water.
City’s Conservation Efforts
- Independent water auditors are used to monitor our City use. We receive regular, site-specific audits from them (contracted by our water dept.)
- RainMaster computerized irrigation system allows us to check and adjust every irrigation timer from a central location. Where flow meters are installed, the system also allows us to check individual valves for overages (broken sprinklers or valves that are stuck on).
- Leak alerts sent from our radio-monitored meters sends alerts to our e-mails when a meter has run for too long.
- Staff is well versed in proper watering techniques and programs are checked by our irrigation specialist.
- Many of our fixed-spray pop-ups sprinkler heads have been re-nozzled using MP Rotators.
- We have removed acres of turf and replaced it with drought tolerant shrubs or mulch (Woodside Road, Parts of Municipal Service Center, Redwood Shores Parkway, Shell Parkway, Marine Parkway, Marshall St. etc).
- Most of the landscaping on Seaport Blvd and all of the grounds around our police facility are using recycled water.
- Public properties in Redwood Shores – with the exception of Marlin Park, Sandpiper School, Mariner and Shorebird Parks – use recycled water.
- We have converted 8 athletic fields to synthetic turf. EACH synthetic turf field saves us approximately 1M gallons of water each year!
Water Conservation Ideas for Residents
Below, is a little "tutorial" on how to conserve water, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)!
Top 12 water conservation tips you may not know or considered...
- Look up if your household has "WaterSense" products by visiting the EPA website. Redwood City offers rebates for WaterSense toilets.
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. The City offers low flow faucet aerators for FREE!
- Take a shower over a bath...just stay aware of how long you are showering! We offer residents FREE low flow showerheads!
- In the kitchen...plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
- Use a dishwasher, and fill it up before you do!
- Scrape your plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you're not waiting for water to cool as it comes out of the faucet.
- Avoid the garbage disposal...it's not good for your pipes or water conservation. Throw food scraps in the compost bin.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your machine. The City and PG&E offer rebates for High Efficiency Washing Machines!
- Check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.And you can always learn more about water conservation here in Redwood City by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/conservation.
- Give your garden hose a break. Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
- Wash the car with water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
Did You Know? (www.epa.gov)
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent!
- Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency. Redwood City offers residential customers 25 FREE efficient sprinkler nozzles.
- Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.
- If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
And you can always learn more about water conservation here in Redwood City by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/conservation.
of Redwood City's
Water Conservation Program