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UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County

Water Usage

Sprinklers on lawn
Water is the quintessential resource.  It sustains life of all kinds throughout the world and has been a pivotal resource for human civilization throughout time.  Here in Amador County we steward a watershed that runs from the top of the Sierra Nevada's snowy peaks to the lowlands of the Central Valley.

While most of our Amador Counties population live in the lower elevations, it is the higher elevation snowpack which provides us with most of our summer water resources.  Of course some rainwater does infiltrate into the ground recharging the groundwater aquifers but even our groundwater is mostly recharged by snowmelt at the higher elevations.

As the population of Amador and other California counties increases the amount of available water does not.  This requires that we take steps towards water conservation for the good of our eco-system, ourselves, our neighbors and other downstream users.

When a plant, a tree or a lawn is given more water than it needs it does not benefit.  This excess water often runs off into areas where it is not beneficial or in some cases even harmful.  This wasted water is also made unavailable to other users who might need it to sustain life, in the case of animals, or for drinking or food production in the case of other humans. 

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