Snow-pack at its lowest on record. Rain fall at its lowest on record. The UCLA water main rupture lost 20,000,000 gallons of precious water. On top of all that bad news, the city of West Hollywood suffered four water main breaks last week, wasting thousands and thousands gallons more water. We have perhaps three years of water left in California. Things are not negotiable as we roll into Summer 2015.
Saving More Water
There is no going back, we can not undo water wasting. If the citizens of California have failed to step-up and do some very serious water savings prior to this time, they must do so now. As of last month, the Governor’s demand for a reduction of 25% had only materialized into a 3.26% in water savings. We are all worried about our lawns and water fixtures. We let the water run while we run out of the room for just a minute. It is very easy to forget how serious the problem is when we are trying to get on with our daily lives. Keep in mind, we are at our lowest water levels in more than four hundred years.
There are ways you can help. Forget about the past and start fresh today. Make a plan and go over it with your family.Tell them to keep the water off unless it is actually being used. Take shorter showers. Turn off your tap when brushing your teeth. Do full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine. Do not toss water from your coffee pots and tea pots, use it on your plants.
Change out your toilets for low flow toilets. Replace shower heads for low flow. Do not wash your porch and patio. Sweep or use a reverse vacuum to blow away the dirt and dust. Water your pots with a watering can as opposed to turning on the hose. As difficult as it may be, stop watering your lawn. Grass makes a house look nice, but at what cost? You will worry about your home’s value and of course, its appearance. There are many ways to make a yard look nice without having actual grass. For great ideas and information, please check out these websites: