Finally San Diego got some rain. Over 2 inches of it in most places last week. But don’t let this lull you into thinking that the need for water conservation has somehow ended. It hasn’t.
The reservoirs are very low, there are going to be cutbacks in the supply of water we purchase, the water rates are going up again and we will not be able to fill the need for water.
So what does all this mean to you the consumer here in San Diego? It spells the greater possibility of M-A-D-A-T-O-R-Y water restrictions.
For a lot of years running, San Diego, in fact all of California’s population has been exploding. Developments of every sort are filling up the land. People have been migrating in large numbers to California. Meanwhile, we have not added one sustainable drop of water to the supply.
It has to strike you ( sooner if not later ) that with our droughts and no other means for water, at some point there won’t be enough to spread around. Thinking you might need to shower with bottled water from Costco. Not going to happen.
There must be ways to cut back on consumption voluntarily or the alternative way, if there is any hope of stretching supplies. So it’s either we do it voluntarily or it will be mandated. The former would be preferable to having your water supplies cut off or greatly curtailed.
Here are some ideas to help you -there are a lot of other ways to cut down your water usage.
- When running water to get to the hot water – don’t let that water go down the drain. Capture it in buckets for use on your plans for your landscaping.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
- Fix leaking faucets or toilets that continue to run.
- Take shorter showers.
- In all flow restrictors on all faucets and showers.
- Replace the old toilets with new low flow toilets.
- Cut your yard watering down by one half.
- Use a car washing service that recycles their water use.
- Use the dishwasher only when full – same with the clothes washer.
- Replace a portion on the lawn with drought resistant plants and use mulch around trees and shrubs to keep the moisture from elaborating.
We must all take this seriously if we are going to affect the outcome anytime soon. It is not going to easier by delaying this. We either cut back or they will cut out. You get to choose. I hope you will choose wisely.