Californians Must Cut Back Water Usage by 25%
We all knew it might happen. California is under mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. Gov. Jerry Brown said, “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” referring of course, to the April 2015 snowpack measure.
“This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.” That order came in April and changed the face of water conservation. It had been focused mainly on city and district levels, but now, it’s on all of us.
The State Water Resources Control Board has been tasked with enforcing a 25% reduction in water use in every California city. This measure is expected save roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months. To give you an idea of how much water that is, one acre-foot is equal to about 300,000 gallons. So, 1.5 million acre-feet is about 390 billion gallons of water.
That’s about how much is left in NorCal’s Lake Oroville, arguably the biggest symbol of the drought to date.
A year ago, Gov. Brown asked us to voluntarily cut back on our water usage by 20%. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough as we face our fourth year of this drought. Now, we have to cut back our water usage by 25%.
50% of household water bills are in irrigation, here’s what you can do:
- Use Smart Irrigation Controllers and other devices like Soil Moisture Sensors. This is THE biggest thing you can do! The system won’t water if the soil doesn’t need it or it rains.
- Switch over to High-Efficiency Nozzles to save as much as 30% when you water your lawn. We recommend brands such as Hunter MP Rotators, Toro and Rain Bird.
- Change your landscape design to include more California Friendly plants, smaller patches of grass or artificial turf.
- Continually check for leaks and/or broken sprinkler heads.
As always, the friendly Irrigation Professionals at Hydro-Scape are happy to help you with any questions!
Lake Oroville, Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images