Water, Rain, and Conservation

Feb 04, 2010 by Sean Belk

If the recent weather reports are accurate, tomorrow and Saturday will bring more rain to the LA Basin. After the last go around a few weeks ago, and with more rainfall on the way, it seemed an opportune time to understand exactly where California’s water actually comes from, and some helpful information and tips about how how to conserve water in an efficient, convenient, and smart basis.

Rain Canopy

Where does our water come from?

The three main sources of water for California are from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the Colorado River, and from our aquifers underground brought to the surface through local wells

Half of the water is from local resources, and the other half is imported. Also, about 25 percent of the state’s water is via recycled water from big tanks that pump into our reservoirs.

Currently, about seven states share water with California, which is drawn from the Colorado River.

Contrary to popular opinion, rain isn’t what replenishes our depleted rivers and reservoirs, or solves droughts. Most rainfall is absorbed by water tables, and evaporates back into the precipitation process.

It’s snowpack high in the mountains, that brings a majority of the fresh water down through our rivers and streams.

Drinking Bird

I’m sure that when it’s raining, water conservation isn’t usually the first thing we think about; but we still need to conserve our water supply, even while it’s raining.

Here are five efficient and effective things you can do to conserve water in your house:

  • Stop water leaks.
  • Replace old toilets with low-flush toilets.
  • Replace your clothes washer, second largest water use in the home.
  • Plant the right plants for the environment, install time sensitive satellite driven sprinkler systems.
  • Water only what your plants need and not when it rains.

Here are some useful and easy to implement tips, you can take to stop wasting water:

  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
  • Shorten your showers by one or two minutes.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  • Water your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.

Together we can solve our water shortage problems with smart solutions; separate we’ll fail collectively, and end up paying a price for that lack of will.

Since we’re in this boat together, the choice is both yours and ours to make.

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