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California Approaches Driest Year Yet – Help Conserve Water with These Steps

There’s a lot of press on water conservation and limiting water usage. Rather than being confused by all of the various agencies and the ever-changing requirements, we went to the Golden State Water website for the information that pertains to Rossmoor.

California'S Drought - Compare Water Levels Between 2019 And 2021, And Did Not Have A Wet Winter
California’S Drought – Compare Water Levels Between 2019 And 2021, And Did Not Have A Wet Winter

Golden State Water Update

According to Golden State Water’s website:

At this point, most Golden State Water service areas remain in Stage 1 of the Water Shortage Contingency and Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plan, which encourages customers to voluntarily reduce usage by 15% (compared to 2020) and limit outdoor irrigation/watering to no more than three days per week between the hours of 7 pm-8 am:

Addresses ending in an even number:    Sunday, Wednesday, Friday

Addresses ending in an odd number:      Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

This is a serious issue – Conservation is a must

Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Board said:

The severity of this drought requires all Californians to save water in every possible way. The regulation compels water systems and local authorities to implement a range of additional critical conservation measures as we enter the hot and dry summer months.

With California being on the cusp of the worst drought in its history – more than 95% of the state facing “severe drought” conditions. There is simply not enough water to meet the needs of California’s homes, businesses, farms, and wildlife.

The Office of Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Water Resources are urging residents and businesses to prepare for record hot weather and water supply shortages by learning how they can help to conserve the state’s limited water supplies. Small and consistent changes to reduce water use daily will make an impact in the long run.

Approximately 50% of home water use is dedicated to outdoor purposes, but there are ways to significantly reduce water usage outside.

Take Small Easy Steps Today To Make a Big Impact

Easy, actionable steps Californians can take today include:

  • Turn off your sprinklers and other irrigation systems when rain is in the weather forecast.
  • Prioritize watering your trees when faced with watering restrictions: Remember, trees are an investment. It will take more water, time, and money to replace a mature tree lost to drought than to keep one alive.
  • Replace grass with drought-resistant landscaping: Water-wise plants and landscaping use little or no water once established.
  • Install automatic shut-off valves for your outdoor sprinkler systems: Installing a drip irrigation system and a smart controller can save 15 gallons each time you water.
  • Plant water-wise plants: Check with your local water agency on the best plants for your climate. It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants where possible.
  • Lay mulch around your plants and yard: Laying 2–4 inches of organic mulch around your yard can keep the soil moist and reduce water use.

Take the Quiz and Learn More

You can take a quick quiz (can you get an 80% or better score? I bet you can’t) and learn more about ways to save water at saveourwater.com.

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