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
Residential Turf Removal Rebate
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
Remember, rain or shine, we need to save water