This morning, we welcomed Brandon Goshi from the Metropolitan Water District of California in studio to inform listeners on tips to adopt a more Water Wise lifestyle. California is currently in the third year of a serious drought, and with summer approaching, it’s more important than ever to conserve water.

The MWDC has launched a new initiative to help residents become California Friendly on its new website, which provides tips on conserving water and even rebates for water-saving programs.

“It’s always important to use water as efficiently as possible,” said Brandon. “The first thing you should do is be aware of how you use water around the home…think about how long you leave the water on.”

Brandon adds that once you’re aware of how much water you’re using indoors, it then helps you become aware of how much water is being used outdoors. He notes that most of our water usage is outdoors on our lawns and tells us about some programs that helps homeowners use less water outdoors, including the turf removal program and California Friendly planting.

The current drought is one of the most severe in California history. Be California Friendly – make conservation a way of life and don’t waste another minute wasting water.

Here are some tips on how to be California Friendly every day!


Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes: Saves up to 50 gallons per week.

Fix household leaks promptly: Saves up to 20 gallons per day.

Spend only 5 minutes in the shower: Saves up to 8 gallons each time.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth: Saves up to 2.5 gallons per minute.

Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Some of these clothes washers are eligible for rebates: Saves many gallons per day!


Water your lawn 1 to 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week: Saves up to 840 gallons per week.

Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads and repair promptly: Saves up to 500 gallons per month.

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks: Saves up to 150 gallons each time.

Install a smart sprinkler controller that adjusts watering based on weather, soil type, amount of shade and plant type: Saves up to 40 gallons per day.

Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and ineffective watering due to wind: Saves up to 25 gallons each time.

Mulch: Save hundreds of gallons of water a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation. Click here to learn more on L.A. County’s free mulch program.

For more tips on how to be Water Wise, visit and listen to our complete talk with Brandon Goshi in the clip below.


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