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Early in January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that the state is facing a drought. According to the Drought Monitor, about 67 percent of the state is in an extreme drought with 9 percent categorized as in exceptional drought. Despite the recent rain storms, there is still significant precipitation needed to catch up to normal water levels.
Just how severe is the current situation? It’s severe enough for the State Water Project to reduce the allocation of its water to zero; a first in its 54-year history. 25 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland that receive water from The State Water Project will have to rely on other sources, including other reservoirs.
As residents of the Golden State, it is our responsibility to be mindful and help conserve our water resources. Here are some key ways to help save as much water as possible.
While it is easier to turn the other direction and let government officials solve the issue, the fact remains that the continuous collective action by citizens of this state is essential to help solve the problem. “We need to do everything we can, and we are – from groundwater use to conservation to encouraging efficiencies in new developments to encourage households to reduce their use,” said Julie Ortiz, PUC water conservation manager.
As a certified Green Business of San Francisco, it is our responsibility to practice what we preach in the preservation of natural resources. It’s important to keep the habits we learn from this situation so that we don’t have to revert back to it in the future.
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