If you live in California you know there is more to worry about than just earthquakes. California is a natural desert prone to waves of several years of drought at a time. We are currently in the midst of one of the driest years this state has seen in a while. While most people are arguing at the cause we really need to focus on the actions we can take to conserve water. What is a drought? A Drought is an extended period when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply whether surface or underground water. A mega-drought is a prolonged drought lasting two decades or longer.
History has shown through tree rings that some of our driest times have lasted up to 200 years. Scientist are now beginning to argue whether or not our current drought situation will be here for some time to come.
If our current drought situation became a mega-drought it would have serious effects on California’s economy. California has grown many businesses on acres upon acres of farmland, in an area with very little rainfall, that is dependent on outside aid for water. Agriculture is the reason we have such a high demand of water statewide. In an average year, farmers use 80 percent of the water consumed by people and businesses, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
So what can we do to help?
1.) Choose landscaping that focuses on local and drought tolerant plants. Water after sunset or before.
2.) I know this is a hard one, but take shorter showers and nix baths (a bath can take about 70 gallons of water)
3.) Check for leaks in and around your home or apartment.
4.) Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
5.) Replace faucets and shower heads with water smart products
6.) Tone down the amount of water you cook with, this will also keep all those wonderful nutrients in.
7.) Turn your faucet off after each use.
8.) Match the water level to the size of your laundry loads.
10.) Reuse your towels to cut back on laundry loads.
According to Ann Notthoff, director of state advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council "Californians overwhelmingly agree that investing in irrigation technologies, water conservation and recycling and local water resiliency are among the strategies that will reduce the effects of this drought.”
We all need to do our part, I think we owe it to each other. Water is everyone’s problem. If we do not have enough water to sustain our population, we will have to take drastic measures to create it. This would cause the cost of water to skyrocket. Can you imagine a world of $10.00 bottles of water? We may not be too far from it.