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California's Drought Calls for Conservation

Nov 16, 2014 12:14PM ● Published by Paul Spear

Our state is facing one of the most severe droughts in recent memory, and many communities and ecosystems are suffering as a result. Environmental problems, the pressures of a growing population and the effects of climate change are making it extremely difficult to keep water flowing reliably to our economy, our environment, our farms and our communities.

State and local water managers are working on long-term solutions, including investments in our water infrastructure. But in the meantime, California needs to save every drop of water it can get...we all need to do more to conserve water. The good news is that it's not difficult to save water in our daily lives. Just as Californians have embraced compact-fluorescent light bulbs and recycling, we can adopt habits to reduce our water use inside and outside our homes on a daily basis. After all, everyone knows that Californians don't waste!

In 2009, the California Department of Water Resources joined with the Association of California Water Agencies-450 public water agencies throughout the state-to form a statewide conservation and education program called Save Our Water. This effort is aimed at helping Californians learn about our water challenges and ways to save water inside and outside our homes.

For example, did you know that the typical Californian uses much more water outdoors than indoors? Watering the lawn, washing cars and cleaning off the driveway and patio use much more water than you might think. Simple changes to our behavior, such as watering only when your landscape needs it or using a broom instead of the hose on the driveway, can add up to big water savings for the state.

So join in this statewide effort to save California's water. Plant water-wise landscaping, install a SMART irrigation controller, and take shorter showers. These are just a few of the easy ways we can all help to "save our water."

For more information about how to conserve water or about the "Save Our Water" public education program, please visit www.saveourH2O.org or join the effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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