California’s Historic Drought of 2014: How Can We Help?

If you are reading this blog, then you care enough to learn more about how we conserve our most precious resource: water.
So here are *5 things you should know about this historic drought:
1. It is one of the worst in California’s history
2. Storage levels of water are dropping
3. Conservation is key during summer and autumn
4. Limiting outdoor water use equals big savings
5. Find water-saving tips and valuable rebates at www.bewaterwise.com

Water is our most important natural resource, and gives Earth its uniqueness; it covers about 71% of our planet! It is our lifeline, and being a part of this water-based planet obligates us to understand the current conditions of the California drought. We need to know how the drought affects us and how in turn we affect it.

California has been in a drought for more than three years. This year of 2014 has seen the worst of the drought conditions since the 1800’s; the water reservoirs have dropped rapidly while rain continues to be scarce (Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, “What You Need to Know”). These conditions leave us Californians to conserve as much water as we can, and to start now.

Like most Americans, a typical daily routine consists of a shower, flushing toilets, washing dishes, and maybe the occasional watering plants, cars, and dogs. Until now, we have not given using water for these tasks a second thought; however, we do start to notice as our lawns become less green. Every drop we use starts to add up, and in retrospect, we should consider changing some of our menial tasks to include less to no water. After all, most of California is considered a desert. Water used to be plentiful, but with the continued rapid immigration to California and less rainfall, water resources have nearly run dry.

Below are some tips to help you in your effort to conserve:
• Take shorter showers
• Flush less often, OR
• Install low-flow or water-smart toilets
• Turn off the facet in between dishes while washing
• Don’t water your grass or plants; instead, invest in California native plants which require less water
• Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances (website with rebates below)
• Take your car to an eco-friendly car wash that recycles the water (website below)

Here are a few resources if you would like to know more about conserving:

BeWaterWise rebates available at: http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php/home-ci

SoCalWaterSmart website on turf removal: http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php/qualifyingproducts/turfremoval?p=res

Governor’s Office website:
http://www.caloes.ca.gov/NewsandMedia/Pages/Current%20News%20and%20Events/Drought.aspx

*http://www.bewaterwise.com/Drought.html