Californians mandated to use 25% less water

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

We're fortunate to live in a well-run condo project in San Francisco. Pacific Place is well-managed by CitiScape Property Management Group, and our on-site manager, Danielle, goes out of her way to keep things functioning smoothly for us.

Jackson Tower Pacific Place SF

The email she sent out today addresses the recent mandated 25% reduction in water use, a requirement for all Californians. While I couldn't think how we can cut our usage by 1/4, the property management company is actively working on solutions, starting with each condo own and the City's programs.

First, they explain that our two buildings spend an average of $6,500 per month for water, and that is likely to rise with water rate increases. In an effort to reduce water usage in the building, Pacific Place would like to participate in San Francisco's free Water-Wise Evaluation. This will involve testing the efficiency of water components with units, identifying inefficiencies and leaks, and provide free water-saving materials and devices.

In order to participate in the evaluation, Pacific Place must have access to at least 50% of the units in the  building. We certainly will participate and I hope most of our neighbors will, too.

A few tips Pacific Place shared for conserving water:

  •   Water drops from faucetReducing the length of your showers can save close to 3 gallons per minute
  •  Using water-efficient shower heads and faucets saves 1 gallon per minute.
  •  ·        Turning the faucet off while brushing teeth or shaving saves 2 gallons per minute.
  •  ·        Using a broom to clean balconies & patios instead of a hose saves 8-18 gallons a minute.
  •  ·        Fixing worn washers in a faucet with a slow steady drip saves 350 gallons per month, and 2,000 gallons a month if the leak is a small stream.
  •  ·        Putting a new flapper in a leaking toilet can save 7,000 gallons a month. To test for leaks, put food coloring in the tank. Don't flush. Ten minutes later if you see color in the bowl, you have a leak.
  •  ·        Running full loads of laundry instead of multiple loads throughout the week saves around 20 gallons.
  •  ·        A water-efficient dishwasher saves up to 8 gallons a load. Rebates are available for water-saving appliances at most Bay Area water agencies.
  • Soaking pots and pans instead of letting the water run while scraping them clean saves a significant amount of water.
  • Replacing a traditional non-efficient toilet, which can use 5 gallons per flush, with a newer high-efficiency model can save 38 gallons a day per toilet. Most Bay Area water districts offer rebates of between $50 and $250 per toilet.

Please visit www.sfwater.org for additional water conservation tips and information.

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Eric Kodner
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We don't have a water shortage on Lake Superior. I believe the Great Lakes Basin holds about four quadrillion gallons of water (84% of North America's surface fresh water).

Apr 03, 2015 11:29 AM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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Eric Kodner - forget oil pipelines; I wish we could pipe some of your water to California!

Apr 03, 2015 11:36 AM #6
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Eric Kodner
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Lottie,

That idea has been discussed.  Problem is, the Basin is governed by a pretty large number of entities, including the Provinces of Ontario  and Quebec, plus the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the federal governments of Canada and the United States get involved in the Basin as a transportation corridor for shipping, from the St. Lawrence Seaway west to the ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Pumping any significant fresh water out of the Great Lakes would lower lake levels, disturb waterfowl habitat, cause locks and dams to lose their functionality, and cause depth problems for commercial harbors in major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toronto. So the whole issue becomes complicated when that many people have a vested interest in protecting the Great Lakes Basin.

Apr 03, 2015 11:53 AM #7
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David Saks
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Great post and great information. Have a terrific weekend ahead.

Apr 03, 2015 12:30 PM #8
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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    My heart goes out to you.  We have so much water here in North Florida, we don't even think about saving it.  

    Prayers and best wishes to you and California for a long, long rainy season in coming weeks. 

Apr 03, 2015 12:42 PM #9
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Ed Silva
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The water shortage in the western states has been going on for a while and the residents just have to try and conserve.  It has to be very difficult

Apr 03, 2015 01:26 PM #10
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Lottie, I hope this drought ends soon for you out West.  In the meantime you have to conserve water and do your part, and these are good tips!

Apr 03, 2015 04:40 PM #11
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Lottie Kendall - A great list of ways to save water these days!  Everyone needs to do their part in California!

Apr 03, 2015 04:41 PM #12
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Lottie. Lets hope this mandate will be short lived and you start getting the rain that you need.

Make it a great weekend!

Apr 03, 2015 06:38 PM #13
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 Good morning Lottie. Ever since I heard of the mandate a couple days ago I got out online to see how bad the drought situation is in California. It is a lot worse than folks realize.

Apr 03, 2015 06:56 PM #14
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for sharing the tips to conserve water. Have a good weekend.

Apr 03, 2015 09:15 PM #15
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Lottie Kendall
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Eric Kodner - I'm sure it is not feasible to move water from you to us, for all the reasons you mention. One can wish!

Fred Griffin - our rainy season is just about over. In a "normal" year we get our rain November-Apri, with the bulk of it in January and February. That's why the snowpack is so important--to get us through the long, dry summer.

Hi Ed Silva and Bruce Walter - yes, we all need to conserve; we had been asked to voluntarily cut back 10%, with some degree of success. But a 25% reduction is going to be tough. I hope we comply, statewide.

Apr 03, 2015 10:30 PM #16
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Lottie Kendall
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You've seen first-hand  Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com  the lack of snowpack; snowpack = water for the summer.

Michael Thornton - the situation really has reached extreme proportions. A 25% cut back, statewide, will be difficult to achieve, but important to do. We'll see.

Thanks, Gita Bantwal - wishing you the same good weekend.

Apr 03, 2015 10:33 PM #17
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Lottie Kendall
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Joe Petrowsky, I'm afraid our rainy season is just about over; possibly a few sprinkles this weekend and a dusting of snow, but not enough to make a difference.

Apr 03, 2015 10:34 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Lottie. I never thought about the 25% water reduction would impact apartment and condo owners. It sounds like your buildings are moving in the right direction. The tips are good too. Happy Easter.

Apr 03, 2015 10:50 PM #19
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Lottie Kendall
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Happy Easter to you, too, Sheila Anderson. When I think about conserving water, it's easiest to see how landscaping a yard makes a difference--lawns take a LOT of water. In our condo it's much harder to think we might reduce our water use by 25%. Let's see!

Apr 03, 2015 11:16 PM #20
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Hi Lottie - very important post especially for those of us who live in California. I definitely do my part, and these are great tips for everyone. In our area we have a mandate about how many days we can water (for me it is not really an issue as I don't really have a yard), but I do my best to conserve!

Apr 04, 2015 02:28 PM #21
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Nancy Laswick
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Water is a resource most people waste daily without a thought. Our ability to manage our water supply will literally decide if we continue to thrive and survive as a species. It's such a serious issue that gets very little meaningful coverage.

Apr 07, 2015 07:10 PM #22
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Lottie Kendall
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I can imagine you must be exceptionally careful with water use in Phoenix, Nancy Laswick  . It's time we all start to change our thoughts and practices.

Apr 08, 2015 06:56 AM #23
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Sharon Paxson - using water wisely is something we all need to implement.

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