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The drought marches on

Despite our recent touch of rain, the rainy season is actually wrapping up. In fact, last year we were teased with a similar sprinkling mere days after the Governor announced the official drought! Despite that brief respite, the hot-dry summer and fall followed like clockwork and reminded all of us that the efforts we’ve put in place to stop overwatering were well thought out.

Here’s an updated version of last year’s graph showing that the general downward pattern of rainfall, much to our dismay, marches on. So too does the drought.

OC Rainfall 1505

Orange County as a whole is a leader in the state in stopping overwatering, but we can all still do much more. The first step is to make sure we aren’t wasting water and overwatering is the definition of waste!

So what are you going to do to help Orange County? Let me know in the comments below or, better yet, let me know on our pledge page and we’ll get you on the map so you can help remind your gneighbors that we’re all in this together!

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  1. Kevin Ells Says:

    May 21st, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve replace the front lawn with synthetic turf. Removed all sprinklers in the garden and replaced with drip irrigation. Currently in process to convert the back lawn to hardscape, gravel, foot paths and raised vegetable gardens. I’ve introduced low water requiring plants to the back garden, there’s still green but needs so much less water.

    My gutters capture what rain we get into storage for use in the veggie beds.

    I even capture the cold water before the shower turns hot. I take it down to the garden and pour it into my bird baths. I might be getting a bit carried away, but I even turn off the shower during the shave to save a few gallons. I’ve estimated about 2000 gallons saved per year. It lowers water and sewage costs.

    On the negative side, I have a pool, not really much I can do about that, it was here when I moved in 10 years ago. It is covered with solar panel to reduced evaporation and when the birds don’t need a drink it also get’s water from the shower buckets. The cover also naturally heats the pool so I don’t use energy for heating.

    Now how about the new corporate office developers stop building huge lawns that nobody walks on, if I can drop $$$’s on artificial turf so can you.

  2. Dennis Smith Says:

    May 21st, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    The biggest problem I see with this or any drought is that people fail to evaluate their water usage and realize just how much we waste. It’s frustrating knowing that if every citizen were to maximize their conservation efforts as much as they as individuals can, we would only be scratching the surface of the problem. The bulk of the problem is being damaged by businesses and companies that service the water industry and no one is willing to control the commercial side of the problem within the state or federal level of government. I am not a socialist but in these times we have to have there immediate intervention and control the situation.