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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where do you use the most water?

water usage

It’s never our intension to waste water, but water waste can show up in the simplest  places.

Even though the Desert has a very good supply of water close by, we still need to conserve.  According to a recent Desert Sun article, "We're not going to make normal rainfall this winter," said Richard Minnich, a professor in the Earth Sciences Department at UC Riverside. "We are in what's called a La Nada — the neutral phase of the El Niño cycle. Neutral behaves like La Niña. The last El Niño, the last wet year was 2010-11, and we've been dry ever since."
  • The Governor has urged the state to conserve water.
  • The Desert Sun has launched a new column that takes a closer look at how we use — and abuse — water in the Coachella Valley.

Other Ideas how to save water in the Desert:


  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
  • If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
  • When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
  • Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.

The National Geographic website has some great tips and ideas for conserving water –

  • Did you know a professional car wash uses 35 gallons per wash – washing it yourself can use up to 140 gallons! Plus it washes oil and gunk into the city drains.

Click here for more National Geographic Tips