California is currently experiencing the worst drought on record, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water shortage emergency and to call for conservation efforts.
The good news is that this week, Los Angeles is expected to receive several inches of rain. Still, we cannot become complacent; there are many steps residents nonetheless should take to reduce water consumption and curb water waste.
- When you get home, shut off your sprinkler systems until next week.
- Save up to 500 gallons of water per month by regularly checking your sprinkler system for leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
- Save up to five gallons of water per day by stopping or fixing leaky faucets at home.
- Save up to 50 gallons of water per week by washing full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Catch rainwater with a rain barrel.
- Replace hardscape with drought resistant vegetation.
For more information on the many ways to conserve water, please refer to the California Department of Water Resources at http://www.water.ca.gov/ or Save Our Water at http://www.saveourh2o.org/ and www.landscapinglightly.com.
Also, for latest in storm preparations, please follow @LACountyCEO on Twitter or visit the LA County Department of Public Works C.A.R.E. at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/care/.
“Image was provide courtesy of the Council for Watershed Health.