Water and Los Angeles: Part Five
So here is what I have learned from researching this blog series on how we source our water:
It’s time for us to re-think our water consumption here in Southern California. Because, really, we don’t or won’t have much of a choice in the not too distant future. I would bet that our State and Local governments would be telling us to conserve water already if it weren’t for Covid 19 and how tired people are of being told what to do. So maybe we should bow to the inevitable and start conserving water on our own.
A good place to start is to do a water use audit on line. This will help you to see how much water your household uses in a year. Here is a VERY comprehensive tool to look at your water usage: www.Wecalc
According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the average person in LA uses 140 gallons of water per day. About half of that is used for landscape irrigation. But really, this is just the water that comes into our home. Our total water “footprint” is much higher – about 2000 gallons per day – when you factor in the water used to produce our food, to create energy and to make the things we use. It’s a lot to think about. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode if I think about all the environmental consequences of everything I do. So, I prefer to start small, with things I can do in my house and garden to conserve water.
Here are some things you can do to decrease water usage inside your home:
*free aerators and shower heads are available if you are a LADWP customer. Go to WaterConservation@ladwp.com
Outside of the house, there are things you can do to decrease water use as well:
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Resources on Using Less Water: