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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 2014 Green Tip: Help Out--We're in a Drought!

Welcome back to fall quarter! Alas, we are still facing a severe drought that requires that we all do our part to conserve water. We came up with some of the best strategies for reducing water use. Have other suggestions? Leave a comment!

Do your laundry & run your dishwasher only when you have a full load.
Remember: think before you flush!
Only water plants early in the morning or late at night, and limit how often you water.
Use to report leaks in residential areas. Call the UCSC Work Order Desk at 831-459-4444 to report leaks elsewhere on campus.
Get a timer and reduce your shower time!
Hate lukewarm water to drink? Keep drinking water in a pitcher in the fridge instead of running the faucet until you get cool water.
Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth, soaping up in the shower, or shaving. Even when using efficient sinks and showers, you could save 1.5 to 2 gallons of water per minute with this tip. With inefficient fixtures, you’d be saving 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute!

Visit the City of Santa Cruz website for rainfall and drought condition updates here.

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