Make a Difference
It's 2014 and we are facing a serious DROUGHT & need to start conserving water this winter!
- 2013 had the lowest recorded rainfall in 119 years and if we don't get more than rain the upper Russian River will likely go dry
- Think we have it bad? Think about the fish, frogs, otters and birds they have it much worse so our conservation will help them!
Conserving and protecting the water in our watershed helps to protect the Russian River and our environment. Did you know it also saves money? All of us working together can make a big impact on our future water resources. Individual actions add up to create major changes.
Here are some easy water saving tips you can implement today.
Check your indoor water using appliances an devices for leaks. Many silent leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain! To help detect unseen leaks learn how to read your meter.
Fix irrigation leaks quickly and check for water in the gutters or mud puddles. Inspect your sprinklers and drip sprayers regularly for leaks.
Replace Old Toilets
Toilets are the largest water users inside your home. If your house was built before 1992 and your toilet has never been replaced, then it is likely that you do not have a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. Contact your water agency to inquire about rebate programs!
Upgrade Your Old Clothes Washer
This is the second largest water user in the home. Energy star rated washers that also have a Water Factor at or lower than 9.5, use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load. Which saves you money on both your water and energy bill!
Use Less Electricity
Each kilowatt hour of electricity requires 25 gallons of water to generate.
Landscape with Native Plants
Select plants that are appropriate for your local climate and conditions. Lawns use significant amounts of water; consider transforming it into a vegetable garden. Consider planting drought tolerant species or wildscapaing. The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency has developed a new Water Wise Gardening in the Bay Area CD-ROM.
Install Rain Barrels & Create Rain Gardens
You can water gardens, plants and lawns from the water collected in rain barrels. Creating rain gardens allows you to absorb stormwater runoff from impervious areas like roofs and parking lots. For more information go to raingardens.com
Report Finds Water Now Wasted is the Best, Fastest, and Cleanest Source
The largest, least expensive, and most environmentally sound source of water to meet California's future needs is the water currently being wasted in every sector of our economy. That's the core message of a major new report on urban water use. Toilets and showers account for 54% of all indoor residential water use - if you are not using low-flow toilets and shower heads you could be missing the opportunity to save 30-50% more water! This equals savings not only for your water bill but also for your sewer bill which is linked to water usage. Save water = Save money = Save our rivers! Read more...
For more Water Saving tips check out 100 ways to Save Water
Prevent Stormwater Pollution - 12 Quick Tips
1. Pick up after your pet
2. Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
3. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
4. Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
5. Vegetate bare spots in your yard – dirt pollutes!
6. Compost your yard waste
7. Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture runoff
8. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
9. Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
10. Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly
11. Pick up litter!
12. Landscape with native plants - they use less water and fertilizersCheck out this stormwater video to learn more about how stormwater affects our waters and what you can do!