Water Conservation and Drought Resources
The current drought has created a new normal in our state. It has made clear that we can’t continue down the same road without damaging effects to our economy, our unique natural treasures, and our own well-being. We have all had to work together to lower our water consumption in the short-term and invest in innovative water –saving strategies for the long-term.
Click here to read an op-ed I wrote in Roll Call about some of the innovative strategies we should pursue to address the drought and how the rest of the country should learn from our mistakes and not wait until the point of crisis to deal with the impacts of climate change.
TIPS FOR CONSERVING WATER DURING THE DROUGHT
Understand local water regulations.
- Check with your local utility company for rebate opportunities when you participate in water conservation programs. See below for a list of agencies covering cities in the 35th District.
- Make sure we are all doing our part, and report any water waste you see.
Simple changes at home make a difference.
- When you get ready to start your day, taking a 5 minute shower and turning off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving can help you save up to 20 gallons per day.
- Only running full loads in your laundry machine can save 15-45 gallons per person, per day.
- Installing a low-flow shower head and an aerator on your faucet to limit water use can save you multiple gallons per day.
Be water smart about how to care for your yard.
- Skip a day of watering your plants and lawn to save up to 250 gallons per week.
- Check for broken sprinklers and leaks to save up to 200 gallons per day.
- Cover your pool to prevent evaporation and reduce water loss.
In order to encourage residents to cut back on water use and make water smart improvements to their homes, many cities and water agencies offer rebates and incentives to residents. Click on your city and water agency to learn about the resources applicable to your city: