Stay Thirsty, California

by Emooly (Henry M. Gunn High School) on 2016-02-22 14:11:45 PDT
"A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching." --Swami Sivanda
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California is currently entering its fourth year of a record-breaking drought. Governor Jerry Brown has already established numerous measures in order to promote the conservation of water. Including the request for restaurants to serve water to its customers only if they specifically ask for it. He is even choosing to conserve water by not tending the gardens and lawns of the State Capitol. Additionally, California's Central Valley farmers are not receiving their necessitated water quota while commercial and residential organizations that heavily use water are fined up to $500 on a daily basis. When the state faces a crisis that affects nearly everyone, it is important to incorporate methods of water conservation in simple and creative ways in our own lives.
As well as purchasing environmental household items such as low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, rain barrels, efficient washing machines, and conservatory dishwashers, there are many other actions you can take in order minimize water usage. If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.
The first way to conserve water is to reuse water from dehumidifier machines. Because the majority of the water from dehumidifier machines come from damp basements, the water that these devices extract from their environment are perfect alternatives to watering plants and garden foliage rather than resorting to fresh hose water. Additionally, washing fruits and vegetables in a pot of water is yet another environmental alternative to running faucet water over these delicious delectables. Finally, the water used to cleanse these fruits and vegetables can later be used to water lawns and gardens. Water used for boiling can also serve as soup stock for creating stews and sauces. Leaky faucets and toilets are the common places we would refer to in order to check on the amount of water that  are wasting. However, many fail to address a lot of other potential sources for water usage, such as hoses, faucets, and sprinklers. Leaks on these forms of outdoor water appliances could be blocked conveniently with electrical or duct tape. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have water leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more! Many of these leaks reside in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets and faucets. In fact, water lost by these leaky residences could be reduced by more than 30,000 gallons if new, efficient fixtures were installed. If the 5 percent of American homes that leak the most corrected those leaks -- it could save more than 177 billion gallons of water annually!
Many other forms of water conservation can be found separate from our lawns and gardens, but our kitchens. Instead of using different glasses of water for drinking purposes, you can adhere to a single glass and refill it as necessary. This way, you can not only save space in a dishwasher but also water in the washing process. Another way to keep tabs on one's water savings is to track water footprints on personal groceries. This is a process in which an individual records the total amount of gallons of water each food item consumes. An example of this would be a person making a mental note that a production of a pound of beef would take more water than a pound of chicken, or that mangoes use more water in its production than nectarines.
Ultimately, tiny adjustments in one's life that may not seem significant can actually hold profound impacts.

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