Be Willing to Take Even Shorter Showers

Photo by Alicia Avila

Good news: San Francisco is doing a pretty good job saving water. Bad news: we could be doing even better.

According to a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) update, the city’s total water savings since January comes up to 3.1 billion gallons of water–doubling from the last update on June 23. But given the severe drought in the state, the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System storage is still at a dire level of 63 percent of maximum storage capacity.

Last January, the SFPUC issued a request asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. The commission hoped to reach a goal of 10 percent reduction by the end of the year, which adds up to eight billion gallons of water (which includes businesses and homes). In average, a person in San Francisco uses 50 gallons of water a day. If the daily consumption of individuals is reduced to 20 gallons a day, those January reduction goals could be reached, according to

The agency says it’s well on track to meet those 10 percent reduction goals, but with the drought San Franciscans need to keep it up. To this end, the SFPUC launched a multilingual campaign–Water Conservation is Sexy and Smart. Perhaps that sexy Isaac Hayes-type voice-over is doing the trick to raise awareness about the issue.

So, keep up the good work, and don’t give in to the temptation of taking a bath, which can use up to 70 gallons of water. And, if you do take a bath, plug the tub and adjust the water temperature as it fills and perhaps save some of the water in buckets to use on your plants at night. More tips here.

This SFGate story also reminds us of our history with drought, and how people dealt with it in 1977 and 1991.

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One Comment

  1. Sam

    Wasn’t ML advocating just recently that we plant far more trees in SF?

    But at the same time we should use less water?

    I’m not sure how those two ideas support each other.

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