- Author: Jennifer Rindahl
Californians currently use an average of 196 gallons of water per person per day, including all business operations other than agriculture. The average household uses 30 percent of its water outdoors for landscaping and gardening. Inside the home, the majority is used in the bathroom. Just shortening your daily shower by a minute or two can save as much as 700 gallons of water every month!
Did you know that if everyone in the state reduced her or his water consumption by 10 gallons a month, California would save a total of 4.56 billion gallons every year?
The University of California is pledging to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Now we want to know, how are you conserving?
On May 8, 2014, we're asking you to tell us what you are doing to conserve water.
Have you started to take shorter showers? Invested in low-flow faucets and toilets? Let your grass go brown or swapped it for drought-tolerant landscaping? If you're a farmer, do you use new, higher-efficiency irrigation technology?
Maybe you already are conserving water; maybe you aren't. Either way, we want to know about it — and remember, in a survey like this there's no wrong answer. Your answers will help create a clearer picture of what all of us are doing — and can do — to protect our water resources.
Build a more secure future for you and your community in five simple steps:
On May 8, 2014, go online and visit the map at beascientist.ucanr.edu/water.
Enter your ZIP Code or zoom to your current location on the map.
Click on your location.
Use the online checklist to select all of the ways you are conserving water.
Attach a photo showing how you're conserving water!
Visit beascientist.ucanr.edu to learn more about this project and record your observations.
For an overview, see the video below:
Content of this post by the education team: Steven Worker, Melissa Womack, Marisa Neelon, Karey Winfield-Royas, Pam Kan-Rice and Jennifer Rindahl. Video production by Alberto Hauffen.