Water Conservation at Home
The drought is ongoing, and the state and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are both pressing all of us for greater conservation. Silicon Valley residents will be tempted by local water agencies (and PG & E) offering some pretty tempting rebates, some of which have been recently and temporarily increased, for improvements made to your home and yard which lessen the amount of wasted water. For instance, changing toilets and faucets to “low flow” models will net consumers a little cash back. But it’s much more than that. How about getting your washing machine’s gray water to a second use in the yard?
Some of these updates may not be optional in the future, so consider getting them while the rebates are still available.
Please click on the link below to view the available programs:
San Jose Water Company’s rebate page: https://www.sjwater.com/for_your_information/save_water_money/rebates_incentives
Also, view the SCVWD “Fact Sheet” for more info on what’s happening with our water. (This is a pdf on the Town of Los Gatos website).
The State of California is in the 3rd year of a serious drought. There are areas in CA where there is no water going to homes at all unless it’s being trucked in (at a very high cost). We are all being asked to conserve as much as possible, with 20% being targeted not just in Silicon Valley but in all areas of California. How are your conservation efforts coming? Do you know how to check your water usage as compared to a year ago?
If you have San Jose Water, you won’t need to dig into your 2013 water bills to see how you’re progressing with water savings. The San Jose Water statement comes with a great breakdown so you can see if you’re cutting back as much as you think. Here’s an example:
What’s nice is that the gallons per day is shown, so that even if the number of days varies, you can get a pretty solid sense of use.
In this case, year over year, the family is saving an average of about 137 gallons per day, which is about a 25% savings from the same period a year ago. A lot of it’s coming from more careful use of sprinklers in the yard. Not bad, but they are trying to improve it more.
What about you? How much have you been able to cut back as compared to last year? We can all pitch in!