Do we need to wait for the governor to implement mandatory water rationing?
ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE NOW BY LIMITING YOUR WATER USAGE!
In Jan of 2014, Governor Brown appealed to Californians in an attempt to get folks to voluntarily cut down on water usage by 20%. We reached that goal in December of last year. In fact, most Californians are aware, involved and on board. According to NASA senior water scientist, Jim Famiglietti – more than 94 percent of the public is aware of the seriousness of our current water crisis.
Click here for latest poll results taken from a recent survey on water conservation in California.
Let’s make it our focus to become ever more involved with what is happening in our collective experience. If we are not already, let’s start thinking seven generations down the line.
If you are not already limiting your water usage, start NOW!
Generally, when we hear of such things as our current water crisis, we want to pay heed. We want to be aware. We understand that this is one of our responsibilities as human beings who share this planet. We want to do all that we can to avert moving in a direction that we know has dire consequences for us all.
This drought continues in its fourth year, with January listed as the driest year on record since the late 1800’s. The great majority of us are deeply concerned with what is happening. We have been taking action. However, as reported in a recent survey taken by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, nearly two-thirds (65%) of Californians acknowledge that there is still more they can personally do to conserve water.
Many of us started limiting our water use in small ways, such as by turning off the water when brushing our teeth or washing our hands, flushing toilets less, watering lawns sparingly, and shortening our shower lengths, amongst other preventative measures.
Feel like you are already doing all that you can? Think again.
In situations like this there are always ways to make more of an impact as individuals.
If we haven’t already done so, it is time to take our water conservation practices to the next level. Many of us have realized that if we do not keep up with our practices and TURN THESE PRACTICES INTO HABITS, we will find ourselves going back to our old careless ways. There is no room for this.
Let’s take these tips and practices, turn them into habits, and continue in this way whether we are in a drought or not. This is not an ideal to work towards – it is a necessity.
Let’s continue to work together and better educate ourselves on the severity of what is happening. We can always find more ways to limit water use or to help others in educating themselves to action. We can begin anew right now by implementing fresh new ideas and practices into our daily routines and making them into habits.
Here are some tips:
- Check faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
- Install water saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
- Consider replacing an 18-liter per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6-liter flush model, presents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.
- For a more cost-effective solution to replacing your toilet, try putting plastic bottles or a float booster in your toilet tank.
- Use the water meter to check for hidden leaks.
- Take shorter showers (5 minutes is recommended).
- Flush the toilet less.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Use dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes.
- Only use washing machine and dishwasher when fully loaded.
- Minimize use of garbage disposal.
- If you still keep a lawn, water only when it needs it. Do a deep, focused drip soak, so that water reaches the roots.
- Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Have you heard of WaterSense?
WaterSense is a partnership program by the EPA that “seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in the country every year. Something as simple as twisting on a WaterSense labeled aerator and upgrading to a WaterSense labeled faucet could save a household 11,000 gallons over the life of the faucet. Learn more about how you can save water and help WaterSense preserve and protect our nation’s water resources.
For the full list as shared on the site, “Earth Easy, Solutions for Sustainable Living,” read this article: “25 ways to conserve water from the home and yard.”
Find more information at Save Our Water and California Drought.
Education is so important. Let’s make it a point to teach our children about conservation early on. Let’s educate them on the ways of recycling and waste management. Let’s teach them about our water supply, and how our water systems work. Let’s teach them about pollution, and about keeping our planet litter free so that they can protect our planet and create good habits from the get-go. Let’s teach them to garden, and help keep them attuned to and aware of our earth mother and all of earth’s inhabitants.
Many of our young ones are already very aware of the importance of such things. Many of them feel, and ever so deeply, all that is within and around them. They have such a deep understanding and reverence for life, and for our earth mother. If fact, they often serve as inspirations for adults.
However, there are many people that were not raised with such good habits. It can be quite tough for such people to shift their lifestyles around so that these practices become a way of life. It can feel like a chore when one first starts to pay heed to water usage, plastic consumption, and recycling practices. Practice is the only answer; it needs to become second nature to you. Keep doing it.
We are blessed to live the lives that we do, aren’t we? The sooner we all learn to show gratitude by taking actions that reveal our awareness of all that we are blessed with – the better the results will be for all of us, and our world.
The younger we start, the better! Old dogs can learn new tricks, so adults – you are not exempt – JUST DO IT. Take these practices on as walking meditations, and you will find that not only will you feel great but you will really begin to enjoy time spent in these ways.
Mother earth responds, the elements respond. Take action. Attune to this beautiful world of ours; feel as all of creation reaches back in response to the loving hands and hearts that you have extended.
As World Citizens let’s join hands, and take preventive action NOW!
“Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Benjamin Franklin
Be pro-active. Educate yourself. Teach yourself to make decisions in the ways that will take into consideration the “we,” and not just the little me. We share this world as one humanity. This is our duty to the following generations, so let’s honor this duty in the best ways we can. We are pretty cool, us human beings. Let’s continue to teach ourselves to act together in these ways; we are the change.