California is in a drought!


 
On January 17, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency. 

 
At Shasta College we are diligently working on ways we can conserve our water. We are in the midst of changing our landscape campus wide in an effort to use less water. 

 
Here are some things you can do at home and in your daily activities to be more water wise. 

·         Shower BucketInstead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.

·         Cut your showers short. Older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.

·         Skip the shower from time to time. Do you really need to shower multiple times a day or even daily? Skipping even one shower a week adds up to big water savings.

·         Flush with less. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank. Do NOT use a brick, because it will break down and the sediment can damage your tank.

·         Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. Don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.

·         Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.

·         Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until they’re full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

·         Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.

·         Re-use your pasta cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Just make sure you wait, because if you dump that boiling water on your plants, you might harm them.

·         Head to the car wash. If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose.

·         Choose efficient fixtures. Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings.

·         Keep an eye on your bill to spot leaks. If your water bill spikes suddenly, there’s a good chance that a leak is the culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!

·         Install a rain barrel. Rainwater harvesting is a great way to keep your plants hydrated without turning on the hose or sprinkler.

·         Water in the early morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation. It’s not a great idea to water in the evenings, since this can promote mold growth.

·         Shrink your lawn. Even better: lose the lawn completely. Instead, opt for a xeriscaped landscape that incorporates water wise ground cover, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. (It takes 660 gallons of water to supply 1,000 square feet of lawn with 1 inch of water.)

·         Pay attention to your sprinklers. Avoid sprinklers that produce a fine mist. Too much water is lost by wind and evaporation. Use an alarm clock or the stove timer to remind you to shut off the sprinklers.

·         Water directly: use drip irrigation or soaker hoses because they apply water slowly and directly to the soil.

·         Reduce evaporation losses from gardens by using an organic mulch or plastic ground cover between rows.

·         Use less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool. Do your part to conserve power, and you’re indirectly saving water, too!

·         Wash Fido outdoors. That way, you’re watering your yard while you’re cleaning your pup. Just make sure that the soap you’re using isn’t harmful to your plants!

·         Re-use grey water. Check to make sure that this is legal where you live, but in some areas you can do things like re-route the runoff from your clothes washer and use that water for things like flushing the toilet

·         Sweep sidewalks and driveways, instead of washing them down with the hose.

·         Don’t waste: If you have extra water in your glass pour it on a plant or in your pet’s water bowl.


 
If you'd like more information please take a look at the links below and find additional tips on how to conserve water:​