In February 2014 Governor Jerry Brown formally declared California to be in a drought emergency asking for voluntary cutback of water usage by 20%. Since that time we Californians have cutback a dismal 8%.
On April 2, 2015, Governor Brown checked out the snowpack at Phillips Station, located at the South Fork of the American River in the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. The governor didn’t see any skiers because the terrain was snow-free. Experts said that the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, our state’s watershed, was at 5% of the normal amount.
California is in deep trouble.
Pictured above is Lake Shasta, a California reservoir, which is more than 100 feet below its normal level.
So, Brown mandated 25% cutbacks making it necessary to reduce water usage by ¼ or face stiff penalties.
One way to reduce water consumption in your homes is to enlist your kids in the army of water conservationists. Here are 7 things families can do to cut back on water usage:
- Replace water soaking green lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping. Get the kids to help. It will make a great family project.
- Don’t flush the toilets after every use. Here’s a ditty you might like to teach your kids: When it is yellow, it’s mellow. When it’s brown, it must go down.
- Don’t leave water running while washing hands or brushing teeth.
- Baths use about 37 gallons of water. Short showers use only 20 gallons.
- Install free-flow showerheads with cut-off valves. While lathering hair and body, turn off the water. When ready, switch off the cut-off valve and water will continue to flow just the way you like it.
- Want a glass of cold water? Instead of running the kitchen faucet, reach for a cold pitcher of refrigerated water.
- Only use the dishwasher when it is full.
We must cut our daily water consumption in California by 25% due to the historic drought. Enlisting kids and educating them to the problem well help greatly in our water conservation efforts.