HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
In view of California’s drought emergency, the Governor has called a State of Emergency and directed state and local officials to take steps addressing this issue. In addition, Californians are being asked to lower their individual use of water by 20%. While meeting that goal is possible, it takes some reevaluation and conscientious use of the water, both indoors and outdoors.
Indoor use is concentrated in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Perhaps the most important facet is avoiding continuously running water.
First, in the kitchen: pans of water can be used to scrub pots & pans, wash dishes, and wash fruits & vegetables and pans of water used to wash fruits and vegetables should be used to water plants. Cooking can be done in correctly-sized pots and pans using just enough water. Finally, run a dishwasher only when it is full.
Secondly, in the bathroom: teeth should be brushed while the faucet is turned off, razors should be rinsed in pans of water and bath temperatures should be adjusted while the plugged tub is filling (halfway or less). Also, five-minute showers use less water than do normal baths and low-flow shower heads should be used. Finally, toilets should be flushed less frequently than usual, should not be used as wastebaskets and should be checked for leaks.
Third, in the laundry room: only full loads should be washed and dark clothes are ideally washed in cold water.
Outdoor use for your area can be determined using a calculator here: http://www.bewaterwise.com/calculator.html Avoid letting water continuously run: cars and other items can be washed with a bucket of water, a sponge and a trigger nozzle. In addition, watering can be done in early morning or evening and any sprinkler system can be frequently checked to ensure it waters only intended targets and has no leaks. Finally, drought-resistant plants and trees should be planted and mulch should be used around them to lower evaporation. Finally, water should be used more sparingly to clean outdoor items; either a regular broom or a water broom should be used whenever possible.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO develop a conscientious use of water.
DON’T let the water continuously run.
DO use the above tips for indoor and outdoor water use.
By Kathy Catanzarite
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AGRICULTURE/ENVIRONMENTAL DOS AND DON'TS