Water Conservation is important because:

Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally-sound way to reduce our demand for water. Saving water also saves energy. 6.5% of the energy used in the state of California is for pumping and treating water--in fact, pumping water south (and uphill) in the State Water Project accounts for 2-3% of all the electricity used in the state.

The amount of water available to Oak Park is limited because of the pumping restrictions in the Bay Delta. Unrestricted pumping is possible only about 2 months a year. Pumping is restricted in an attempt to protect endangered fish and other fish species such as the salmon and steelhead trout. That means even if all of the reservoirs in northern California were full there would still be pumping restrictions. And this could result in water restrictions here in Oak Park.

Environmentally, water conservation make sense. It saves you money in your monthly bill but also requires less infrastructure to deliver water to Oak Park.

How, can individuals conserve water?

Lawns are a major consumer of precious water. Water your lawn only when it really needs it. Reset the timing on your automatic sprinkler system. This can drastically cut down on the amount of water you use. Make sure your sprinklers are set properly so that it is landing on the grass and not on the sidewalk or driveway. Use native plants whenever possible. These plants are adapted to the environment and are able to survive naturally-occurring dry periods throughout the year.

 

Inside the house, you can also take steps to save water. Fix all of the leaks in your house. Flush your toilet sparingly, and use it only when you have to use it. Avoid flushing garbage; this wastes water and puts unnecessary strain on the sewage and treatment system. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. Install a water-saver shower head, and take shorter showers. Wash only full loads of clothing; purchase a newer, more efficient washing machine, and save a few more dollars in the long run.