California’s Drought: A reminder that water is precious

California is experiencing a drought, the worst we have seen since 1977…maybe longer.  And it’s only expected to get worse…

A high pressure zone off the Pacific coast is preventing storms from coming to us, stopped snow falling in the Sierra Nevada, stopped Los Angeles from getting the rain it needs during January.  Some are calling this the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” and no one has ANY idea when this ridge will leave and let some water in. It could be months or even years.  This drought may be our new normal.

The Dust Bowl: 1936, South Dakota. Let’s manage our water California!

Many communities will run out of DRINKING water by March or April.  Farmers are not being allotted water from the state’s reservoir systems starting in the Spring. This is troubling news for us…and for the whole country. More than 50% of the United States’ fruits, veggies and nuts come from California, and a lot of dairy as well.

It’s important for each of us to do our part to conserve the precious water we do have, and not to waste it on non essential things.  Although our planet is covered in water, only about 2% of it is fresh water.  How can we Californians, and all people in general make the most of what we have?

Some tips for water conservation:

Limit your showers. Try turning off the water in between lathers and rinses.  If you can keep your shower to five minutes or less, you may be able to save up to 1000 gallons per month(!!!!)

Invest in dry shampoo.  It sprays on dry hair and lengthens the time between washes.

Don’t flush the toilet as often.

Skip watering the lawn. Let it go dormant during the winter.

Screw lawns: Plant succulents, and plants native to your location. let’s embrace the desert we live in.

Don’t waste water on a pool.

Use less dishes: less dishes mean less washing.

Don’t thaw meat under running water: set it in the fridge to thaw.

Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.

Check your water meter, check your bill, check for leaks and unintended usage.

Eat less meat and dairy.  Do you know how much water goes to help produce each serving of beef? A quarter pounder is worth the equivalent of 30 showers….keep that in mind.

And the number one best tip for saving water? Treat it like it’s gold, like it’s the most valuable thing in your home.  Be conscious and aware every time you turn on the tap.  We are lucky to live in a place that has potable water in every home: let’s not squander this blessing.


Water. Use it Wisely. More tips.

National Geographic’s Water Conservation Tips.

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