WATER CONSERVATION

    

2014: Record Dry Winter
Water Conservation is the Key

Most of California enjoys a Mediterranean climate (warm to hot, dry summers with mild to cool, wet winters) but any long-time Californian will tell you that drought is always around the corner. State water managers are worried that this year's dry weather, following dry weather last year, may be leading the state towards its next serious drought.

Starting in January, the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) measures the water content of the snowpack each month to determine the state's water supply for the year. Snow normally provides about a third of the water for California's homes and farms as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers.

20% of Average Snowpack

The first snow survey of 2014, taken on Jan. 3, 2014, showed the snowpack's statewide water content at about 20 percent of average for this time of the year. Dry snowpack is not the state's only worry. California has suffered from a lack of rain, with many areas ending 2013 with the lowest rainfall amounts on record.

After two record dry years and the worry of a third consecutive dry year, the state anticipates that it will only be able to deliver 5 percent of the water that agencies have requested.

What can we do?

Saving water is not hard. We simply need to be smart about using what we have.

Rethinking the way we use water-both indoors and outdoors- will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it.

Save Our Water's website www.saveourh2o.org is full of ideas on how to conserve water at home. There are many easy ways to save water indoors, from taking shorter showers to making sure that the dishwasher is full when you run it. Visit the "What We Can Do" section of the website to learn more.

Because the majority of water used at home is used outdoors, even small steps to save water can yield big savings. Little things like fixing a broken sprinkler or making sure that you are running your sprinklers in the cool of the morning can save lots of water.

You can conserve even more by shrinking the amount of lawn you have, installing a drip irrigation system or adding a weather-based "smart" controller.

Residential Turf Removal Rebate Program

Single family homeowners can qualify for $1 per square foot (up to $2,500) to transform your front and/or back yard lawn areas from water-guzzling, chemical using, high-maintenance problem areas into a water-efficient, chemical-free, low maintenance jewel that captures rainwater, cleans the environment, creates habitat, adds real beauty and distinctiveness to your home and neighborhood.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District website at http://www.lvmwd.com/for-customers/conservation/rebate-programs/mow-no-mow

Remember, rain or shine, we need to save water every day!

 

City of Calabasas 2014