California is feeling the impacts of climate change like never before
Cycles of extreme heat and weather variability, long periods of drought and low snowpack are putting California on the cusp of the worst drought in our state’s history. Today, more than 95% of the state is in “severe drought,” and we simply do not have enough water to meet the needs of California’s homes, businesses, farms and wildlife.
As we prepare for summer, vacations and fun, we must also prepare for record hot weather. While climate change and water supply shortages pose a huge challenge for the entire West, every Californian can take steps to make a difference by taking a summer-ready approach to water use. This is an all-hands-on-deck situation – but we’ve got this.
Now is the time for Californians to step up and conserve water because every drop counts. Small and consistent changes to reduce water use daily will make a big impact in the long run. With 50 percent of home water use in dedicated to outdoor purposes, there are ways to significantly reduce water usage outside. Easy, actionable steps you can take today include:
- Turn off your sprinklers and other irrigation systems when rain is in the weather forecast.
- Prioritize watering your trees when faced with watering restrictions: Remember, trees are an investment. It will take more water, time and money to replace a mature tree lost to drought than to keep one alive.
- Replace grass with drought-resistant landscaping or turf: Water-wise plants and landscaping use little or no water once established.
- Install automatic shut off valves for your outdoor sprinkler systems: Installing a drip irrigation system and a smart controller can save 15 gallons each time you water.
- Plant water-wise plants: Check with your local water agency on the best plants for your climate. It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants where possible.
- Lay mulch around your plants and yard: Laying 2–4 inches of organic mulch around your yard can keep the soil moist and reduce water use.
Learn more about how you can do your part to #SaveOurWater at saveourwater.com.