ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
WATER QUALITY

What you can do to conserve water:

Use low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators
When itís time for a new washing machine, buy a front-loader.  Front loading machines use 1/3 less water, Ĺ the energy and also require less detergent and washing additives.
When washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soap and water instead of running the water the whole time.
Start a compost pile as an alternative to using a kitchen sink garbage disposal.
Water your lawn during the early morning hours when there are low temperatures and low winds. This reduces the amount of water you lose from evaporation.
Position your sprinklers to water only the lawn, not the sidewalk or street.
Use a broom instead of the hose for outdoor clean-up.
Don't use toilets as a wastebasket, flush only when you need to.

How to keep our creeks and beaches clean:

Donít dump anything into the streets, gutters, or catch basins.  Sprinkler water, hosing of sidewalks, and rainwater will carry everything in the streets (grass clipping, motor oil, fertilizers, pesticides, paint thinners, etc.) directly into our creek unfiltered.
Install drip irrigation to reduce water use in your garden.
Wash your car at the car wash to keep excess detergents and street trash from entering the storm drain system.  Or wash your car where the soapy dirty water will drain to a grassy area where the dirt and nutrients (soap contains nutrients) will be used by plants and grasses.
Properly maintain your car so it doesnít drip fluids.

 

LINKS
www.malibuwatershed.org - Malibu Creek Watershed Advisory Council
www.consrv.ca.gov - Department of Conservation
www.healthebay.org - Heal the Bay
www.swrcb.ca.gov - State Water Resource Board
www.epa.gov - EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
www.smbay.org - Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project
www.mountainstrust.org - Mountains Restoration Trust
www.treepeople.org - TreePeople

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