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02 March 2015

Ensure Our Water Future

It’s hard to believe that California is moving into its 5th straight year of an on-going drought with little belief that it will end anytime soon.

Californians are truly a self deluding group of people that are either very ignorant to the problem at hand or just refuse to see it.  I, an Angelino, still find myself letting the water run while brushing my teeth or shaving in the morning, or washing the car in the driveway or even watering the lawn on my restricted off days…I am guilty of water abuse. 

The drought can be blamed on many things, such as climate change, or maybe just a historic California weather pattern, maybe its to many people or just simply unrestricted use. 

The lack of water is having an effect on everything in the west, from farming to real estate sales.  With very little hope of rain or a heavy snow pack, our future water issue will only get worse.  The point now is to use what we have wisely to ensure our water future.

Here a few things to think about:
  • 50% of all fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown in California
  • 61% of all used in California goes to irrigation
  • 37% of our national water supply goes to grow food and live-stock production
  • The average American uses 2000 gal of water a day…twice the global average.  It’s like running the dishwasher 400 times a day, per person
  • A 10 minute shower takes 25 gal…a 5 minute shower would save 300 gal a month.

Water Tips:
    1. Buy A New Dishwasher
A new, water and energy efficient dishwasher use is less water than washing your dishes by hand.  Make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded to get the most out of your water.

    1. Use it Twice
When rinsing fruits, vegetables, save the water to reuse on house and potted plants.

    1. Think Local
Design your landscape to reflect local environment and climate.  Use drought-tolerant plants and herbs that need less water to survive

    1. Let It Rain
Avoid large concrete areas in you backyard, so rain water can soak into the ground naturally.  Use rain barrels to capture rain water to use in your garden.

    1. Seek Efficiency
Think about upgrading fixtures and appliances, such as dishwashers, clothes washers, water heaters and toilets as well as faucets and fixtures   to save water

    1. Think Twice Before You Toss It Out
Try composting instead of using the garbage disposal.  You’ll save water and reduce food waste

    1. Stop and Think
      • Turn off the water while brushing and shaving.
      • Take a   shorter shower
      • Set        the timer on your sprinklers

 This just isn’t a California crisis, it’s a national water crisis that will effect us all and we will feel it first in our pocket books in the form of higher food and water prices long before we feel it at the spigot.  We can all make a difference if we work together.