California Drought And What You Can Do

Normally, bathtub rings are a good sign.  They mean that somebody has taken a bath and nothing is better than the feeling of a clean body.  As much as we love the sign of a bathtub ring, the same is not true of the “Bathtub” rings in a water supply reservoir. The water company keeps lots of water in reservoirs and draws upon these as there is a demand.  If you look at current water reservoirs from a helicopter, you see the “Bathtub” rings.  This is not a good sign.  It means that water levels are very low… Historic lows!

Southern California is a desert.  It has always been a desert.  The current Super Drought is suddenly making headlines. Why?  Simply put, over half the United States is experiencing drought (The first time in history).  The trickle effect is happening.  Here are some grim statistics.  You can google all of this and see for yourself, the serious nature of our water crisis.
  • For the first time in history, California farmers can expect NO water from the Federal Government!  This is a historic first.
  • California is America’s panhandle.  75% of America’s produce comes from central California.
  • In 2014, over 500,000 acres (half a million acres) will be left unplanted due to no water to sustain plant life.
  • No water = No Crops…Expect food prices to spike, unlike anything we have ever seen.
  • Less water means higher water prices.  Way higher

    , since the law of supply and demand, applies here.

  • Historically, L.A. gets an average of 14 inches of rain per year.  The record low was back in 1947 @ 4 inches.  Last year, L.A. set a record low @ 3 inches of rainfall.
  • The cost of pumping water to Southern California consumes about 20% of all electrical costs consumed by the state.
  • The cost of meat will skyrocket since it takes billions of gallons of water to grow the food to keep the animals alive

Should we be concerned?  YES!  Why? Because there is something WE CAN DO!

Our best source of water is CONSERVATION.  Here is a list of things we can do.

  • Take shorter showers

    , takes bathes less frequently

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Do not wash your car as often
  • Replace lawns with California Friendly plants
  • Install a Greywater system in your home
  • Install a Rainwater harvesting system for your yard
  • Replace your sprinkler system with a drip irrigation system
  • If you grow vegetable gardens, install an Aeroponic garden system (Recycles water)
  • Install a rain barrel or rain catchment system
Adopting these changes into our everyday life will make a difference.
When we as a society join together to make a difference, the impossible becomes possible.

Start today and be the change you wish to see in the world!. Together, everyone achieves more!

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Mike Garcia

Landscape Design Contractor & Certified Pond Builder
Founder of Enviroscape L.A. Landscaping
Redondo Beach, CA. 90278
Phone: (310) 374-1199

Landscape Design and Installation of Low Water Use native Garden, Waterfalls and Ponds, Drip Irrigation & Rainwater Harvesting.  Enviroscapela, Your Gardening Guide in the Los Angeles South Bay.

Enviroscape LA is located in  Redondo Beach, CA. and offers landscaping services in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and surroundings.