Water conservation has been a hot topic in California for a long time. But, persistent drought conditions over the last several years have made water preservation efforts even more critical.
What is a drought and what are droughts caused by?
The term ‘drought’ is defined by Merriam Webster as simply ‘a period of dryness, especially when prolonged.’ Based on this definition, the severity of a drought can vary significantly by location.
For example, the city of Las Vegas, NV only receives an average of 4 inches of rainfall per year. If it receives 2 inches less of rain in one particular year, that could be considered a drought. In other areas where rainfall is more common, however, a two inch reduction in precipitation might not even register as a drought at all.
Droughts can be caused by several different factors. The most common is simply a reduction in precipitation. Higher air temperatures can also be a big factor, leading to increased evaporation of existing water resources.
Is California’s drought getting worse?
California has experienced drought conditions on and off for most of its history. In recent years, however, drought conditions have worsened. Some experts even claim that the size and duration of the current drought could indicate a megadrought similar to others in history that have lasted for decades.
Water conservation is the immediate answer
While none of us can control the weather, we can each participate in water conservation efforts in our communities. If each household committed to using less water, we could make better use of the water resources we currently have.
So, what exactly does that mean for you as an average homeowner? We’re glad you asked. Here are some important water conservation tips to keep in mind:
- Take shorter showers and skip the bath.
- When you brush your teeth or shave, turn off the water when you’re not actively using it.
- Make sure your water-using appliances, such as your home water softener, are environmentally-friendly.
- Practice smart irrigation if you must water crops or your lawn.
- Repair plumbing leaks as soon as you notice them.
- Only run full loads of laundry and use a water-saving washer.
Another simple way to conserve water is to utilize our portable exchange tank service for soft water. The process is simple – we deliver soft water to your home in portable tanks on a schedule that works for you. No drain, salt, or electricity is needed and we do all the work. Save money, save time, save water … it’s a winning solution all the way around!
If you want soft water but you’re anxious to do your part with water conservation, too, simply contact us today. We’ll get you hooked up with PE tank service and have you enjoying an eco-friendly water softening solution in no time!