This 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t run water while brushing your teeth. Wet the toothbrush and turn the faucet off to conserve water.
- 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.
- 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.