Saving water saves energy

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Saving water saves energy
June 19, 2001

The San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents and businesses countywide to conserve water during the upcoming summer months. This year it is especially important to minimize water use wherever possible since saving water also saves the energy required to pump and deliver the water. Since 75 to 95 percent of the water used in the county is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River, a huge amount of energy is required to deliver that water to county homes.

"We've found that as temperatures rise, so does water use," said James Turner, chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority. "We just want to remind residents and businesses to keep up the water-wise habits that have become a way of life in San Diego County."

Just some of the ways people can conserve water include:
    •    Cutting back on water use outside, such as not over-watering landscaping (grass is doing fine if it springs back after you step on it), not watering during the hottest part of the day, and using a broom instead of a hose to clean up.
    •    Practicing good indoor water-use habits, including shutting off the water for teeth- brushing, using clothes- and dish-washing machines for full loads only and taking shorter showers.

People can get more information on ways to conserve by contacting the city or water agency that provides their water.

Information is also available by calling the Water Authority at (858) 522-6700.

The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The agency works through its 23 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to more than 2.9 million county residents.

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