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California Drought

drought - hot sunThis year, reservoirs across California are reporting some of the lowest water levels in state history. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, the situation is particularly grim for small communities in Northern and Central California, which will likely suffer due to this “mega-drought”. On January 17th, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency, calling for California residents to voluntarily reduce their normal water use by 20%.

While Southern California water managers say that they have enough water to last out the year without rationing, you can do your part to help conserve water. Below are five ways that you can conserve water to reduce the chance of future rationing.

  1. Check your water meter for leaks. You can use your water meter to determine if you have any leaks in your plumbing or appliances. First, check your meter. Then, leave the house and do not use any water for several hours. Check your water meter again. If it does not read the same as it did 2 hours ago, you have a water leak in your home.
  2. Take a shorter shower. Showers can use up to 10 gallons of water per minute. Cutting the length of your shower in half greatly reduces your use of water.
  3. Don’t run water while brushing your teeth. Wet the toothbrush and turn the faucet off to conserve water.
  4. Only wash full loads of laundry. Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine and dryer. This will save water and cut down your electricity bill.
  5. Put mulch around your trees and plants. Mulch will retain water, slowing evaporation so your plants require less frequent watering.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call TMIB at 310-828-9662.

Spring Break

Washington Monument, Spring Break

Washington Monument, Spring Break

As the winter months wind down and the days grow longer, we are fast approaching spring break! While college kids hit the beach and clubs, families can use spring break to reconnect and relax. Below are three great spring break ideas for your family.

  1. Washington, D.C.: With nearly 4,000 cherry trees blossoming around the Tidal Basin and across the city, our nation’s capital is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in springtime. While kids can get bored at museums, the free Smithsonian museums offer something for everyone, from world-class artwork to American relics to dinosaur bones. And for those wanting to escape the pomp of the Mall and Capitol Hill, be sure to check out Washington’s residential neighborhoods. From the funky bars of Adams Morgan to the 19th century row houses of Logan Circle, Washington is a beautiful and fascinating city.
  2. Big Bear, CA: Watching the Winter Olympics can put anybody in the mood for some skiing and snowboarding. Big Bear offers special midweek lift and lodge packages, cutting the cost of regular weekend passes. Other than skiing, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on the slopes this spring, including hiking, horseback riding and snowshoeing.
  3. Joshua Tree, CA: If you are planning your spring break trip on a budget, you should consider camping in one of California’s most beautiful and accessible National Parks. Just a few hours from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is famous for its strange rock formations and eponymous trees. Joshua Tree National Park hosts 9 campgrounds, each in a unique location and with awesome character. At only $10-15 a night, camping in Joshua Tree is a highly enjoyable spring break that doesn’t break the bank.

TMIB wishes you a safe and relaxing Spring Break!