Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Time to Get Busy Conserving California


Yes it's that time again California. The drought is back and we're feeling the pinch already. Lack of rain in April, May and June have made this year a dry one and already, the 2nd week in June, a drought has been declared in California and water agencies are asking you to conserve.

How can you conserve? It's easy.

1. Get any leaky faucets, toilets or hoses fixed. These 3 are the biggest wasters.
2. Wash only full loads of laundry and do them after 9pm at night when the energy crunch is down.
3. Take shorter showers and don't take baths. That's a no-brainer.
4. DON'T pour anything like motor oil or antifreeze in the gutter. Treatment plants work hard during to summer to reclaim as much water as possible. Petroleum based contaminants are extremely hard to remove.

And 5, my personal pet peeve...

This one goes out to the lady that lives across the street from me - don't water your lawn in the middle of the day and only water on set days a week. Check with your water agency and they can give you a schedule when to water.

Photo by pack_daniel75 via Flickr


Kristen said...

I agree, My neighbor has her sprinklers set to water at 7 a.m. Ever heard of evaporation? She needs to change it to 8 p.m.

Zach Lucero said...

I was walking through the new Raleys parking lot on Floyd and Roselle the other day and noticed the sprinklers were on at about 7:30 pm, which is fine. The only problem was the planters were filled to the top, and over flowing throughout the parking lot. I wonder if they're getting enough water????