“With California facing its worst water shortage crisis in modern
history, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association
of California Water Agencies(ACWA) and the California Department
of Water Resources(DWR) – has launched a ‘Californians Don’t
Waste’ Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to bring
awareness to simple ways citizens can save water every day.
“In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water
District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 –
Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water
use is requested.”
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff
Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:
“California can withstand this drought—and the arid days ahead
brought on by climate change—if it expands water saving
measures. These solutions are already benefiting the state. Los
Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1970
despite adding 1 million people.
“Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will
help California flourish in a drier future.
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“Every year, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted in homes
due to easy-to-fix leaks. Nationwide, household leaks add up to
more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the
easy steps they can take to help save water in their communities
now and for future generations.
“Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of
California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and
businesses across the state can still use all the water they
want without paying higher bills.
“And nobody even knows how much water they are using.”
“Conservation efforts in the City of Sacramento saved 200-million
gallons of water last month but Sacramentans failed to meet the
City’s 20-percent water-conservation target for the month of
“Like most Californians, we’re no slouches when it comes to
saving water. We turn off the tap when we brush our teeth; run
full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; and we can’t
remember the last time we washed our car.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Scott
“In these days of drought, Californians have a pretty good idea
of what it feels like to have water supplies run low —
particularly those facing the very real prospect of running out
of water entirely. But a new study by Indiana University
professor Shahzeen Z.
From the San Luis Obispo Tribune, in a commentary by Steve
“Some people are already doing such a good job of conserving
that they’d be hard-pressed to reduce their water use further
unless they want to start adding paper plates to landfills or
coming to work smelling like Porky Pig.
“The tips are great, and they should be disseminated as widely
as possible. It’s the 20 percent figure that bothers me.
“Windsor this week joined a growing list of cities declaring a
water shortage emergency and asking their residents to
conserve. The Town Council on Wednesday approved a
resolution seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20