Water Conservation Never Out of Season

shutterstock_WaterOffCalifornia’s Water Year 2014 as defined by the Department of Water Resources
(Oct. 1–Sept. 30) was the third-driest on record in the past 119 years. The 2013 calendar year was the driest ever, and that followed two years of below-average precipitation.

It has been taxing on State reservoirs and groundwater supplies.

Even as a significant storm system settles over Northern California, along with some relief that came with periods of major precipitation in December, intermittently wet weather shouldn’t give you a false sense of security—water conservation remains a critical component in the effort to minimize our statewide drought.

The public education program Save Our Water, a partnership between the Department of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies, offers 10 conservation tips:

  1. Take shorter showers.
  2. Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth.
  3. Water your lawn only when it needs it.
  4. Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  5. Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways and sidewalks.
  6. Only wash full loads of laundry.
  7. Run the dishwasher only when full.
  8. Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  9. Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
  10. Plant California-friendly trees and plants.

The Save Our Water website offers more ways to conserve both indoors and outdoors.

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