LA area plumbers give tips on how to save water

LA area plumbers give tips on how to save water

Water conservation in the Los Angeles area begins at home with you, the homeowner.

Two highly rated plumbers in the Los Angeles-area agree there are several simple steps to take if looking to conserve water and reduce your daily usage.

Todd Marsh, owner of highly rated TRM Plumbing, Inc. in Los Angeles, says everyone can save water by simply turning it off when it’s not in use.

"Don’t leave water running in the kitchen sink or lavatory if you are not really using it,” he says. “Consider a sensor faucet that only turns on when your hands are in proximity.”

Changing your fixtures and installing low-flow devices can cut your water usage in half, says Ruben Delgado, owner of highly rated R&D Plumbing in Venice, Calif.

If you take long showers, opting for a low-flow shower head can considerably reduce your weekly usage. Delgado says older showers use 5 to 6 gallons per minute, while low-flow shower heads use half or less that amount. Older toilets use 3.25 to 4 gallons per flush, while newer, low-flow models can use as little as 1.28 gallons.

“You actually save more than half per flush,” Delgado says.

Marsh and Delgado say homeowners can conserve a great deal of water by reducing the amount of landscape irrigation. Delgado says try reducing the frequency and time you water your lawn and plants.

“If you have a grass area, the best time to do it is twice a week, no more than 5 minutes,” he says.

Delgado says before you change your watering habits, be sure to check with your landscaper to ensure your plants can withstand less water. If looking to landscape, he recommends installing plants that require little to no watering.

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