No matter where you are in the world, water is becoming a precious commodity. In the western United States in particular, water scarcity is an alarming issue that is not going away.
Whether the community in which you live has access to clean drinking water, effective water management is relevant to all of us as we continue to see drought conditions impact our lives at the grocery store, restaurants and throughout the produce fields across the world.
Every processed item demands water for the manufacturing cycle, from ground beef to the plastic it’s packaged in, and demand for water will only increase in the coming years as the global population rises, especially in developing countries.
Various waters districts in California are implementing their steps to achieve the state mandated 25% reduction in water usage. No matter where we live or play, we’re sharing this list with you today in an effort to help us all better understand how we can play a part in conserving water world-wide:
We encourage you to check with your own water district to see what measures they may recommend in addition to the following ideas that are now mandates in Northern California where the drought is top of mind day and night.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes, with overhead spray type irrigation, more than 2-3 days per week. Drip and Micro spray (high distribution uniformity) are exempt from the regulations
- Use smart irrigation controllers (ie. rain sensor, moisture sensors, weather stations, etc.) is encouraged
- No watering of landscapes in such a manner that causes runoff. Sprinklers should not water the driveway, sidewalk or other similar areas
- Only use a hose with a shut-off nozzle to wash a vehicle
- No washing of hard surfaces, such as driveways and sidewalks
- No use of water in a decorative water feature, such as fountain, without a re-circulating system
Check with your local water district to obtain information on possible limitations of lawn installation during the months of June- August