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Don't Give Up on Water Conservation

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Posted: February 12, 2008 10:24 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2008 2:01 a.m.

There’s a flood in the backyard. Buckets, forgotten cups and a firepit that looks like a satellite are now filled to the brim with water. The patio cover slipped off somehow to expose the brand new puffy white patio chairs, now soggy and soaked through.

Surely the drought is over.

Not so, says Bob Muir of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

But Bob, we say, there’s a bucket the size of Rhode Island in the backyard that’s filled with water.

And since the latest series of rainstorms, demand for water in Los Angeles has dropped by 20 percent. Lots of people apparently remembered to turn off their sprinklers.

Surely now we can turn down the gigantic taps that import water from Northern California.

Nope, Bob says. Several conservation projects launched after the last drought in 1991 have, in a sense, done precisely that.

One tap shut off amounts close to 900,000 acre/feet of water stored, enough to fill 3.9 billion bath tubs.

But Bob was adamant. There was no doubt in his mind. Save water when you can for times when you need it. That’s Bob’s mantra.

And we second it.

Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it’s raining — and turn down the frequency that they run during the winter months. Better yet, get a “smart” sprinkler controller that turns off when it’s wet outside.

Fix leaky faucets, turn off the water when you brush your teeth.

Copyright: The Signal


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