Mother Nature is helping the drought. Unfortunately, the 25 inches of rain we received cannot make up for the years of hot, dry seasons that parched the earth.
Our Mediterranean climate brings beautiful weather and an increased vulnerability to climate whiplash. When it’s not raining, it’s just getting drier – leaving us in frequent severe drought conditions. On top of that, our main water source – the Colorado River – is overcommitted to some 40 million residents in the western states, with Lake Mead and Lake Powell at 75% empty.
We need to continue to take small steps to save water. Here’s how you can help:
Fix leaks from toilets, faucets, and sprinklers within 48 hours.
Spring is a great time to check and adjust your sprinklers and install a smart timer ($80 rebate available).
Consider climate-friendly landscaping.
If more rain comes, take a sprinkler break for two weeks. If you can stick your finger in the soil, it doesn’t need water.
Want to get involved? Join SMWD for their self-guided Garden Tour on April 29 or their family-friendly Water Festival on May 6. Visit smwd.com to browse free classes and events, explore water efficiency rebates, and learn more about saving our water.