We are all aware that we have a crisis on our hands. Here in Los Gatos and most of California we are in our fourth year of unprecedented drought conditions. Yesterday I received an article from someone back east entitled "Greedy Californians Are Almost Out of Water"! This was followed by the gripe of what this will do to grocery prices!! I was deeply offended by this, and was left speechless (something that doesn't often happen). The price of groceries is the least of our concerns. After all, WE are the ones who are dealing with all of the conditions attached to drought, and if things don't improve, WE are the ones who won't have water to drink, which is the very essence of survival. So why would anyone be pointing fingers at us?
That said, I believe awareness on implementing conservation is paramount. Here are some everyday actions we all can take:
- Water landscaping at 5 AM...this saves 20 gallons a day
- Water lawn 2x/week. Contact a nursery to learn about deep root watering...this will keep grass green using a lot less water
- Don't water lawn at all...BROWN is the new GREEN...grass will revive once water becomes available again.
- Take shorter showers...you'll save 2.5 gallons/minute
- Shut the water when you're brushing your teeth...this saves 2 gallons/minute
- Shut the water while you are shaving...also 2 gallons/minute. Better yet, use an electric razor.
- Do not run water while loading the dishwasher...this sends 2.5 gallons/minute down the drain
- I know this sounds gross, but do you really need to flush the toilet every time? Put the lid down...we can live with this, but we can't live without water!
- Take the car to a car wash that recycles water...Classic Car Wash does this. There is also a Silicon Valley start-up that is working on waterless car washes!
- Always dump water from glasses or water bottles into plants...they are suffering too!
While all these actions are easy to take, with an estimated 30,000 residents in Los Gatos it would make a great impact if we all do our part. If you would like more information on the drought, go to the Los Gatos official website at www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/.
By the way, if you are thinking of buying or selling, I would love to sit down with you to discuss your options, as well as the new retrofit requirements for your home.