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San Diego- Classes and Rebates for Saving Water

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San Diegans are looking for ways to turn down their taps as the region continues to endure a drought that seems to have no end in sight.

Demand is up for water conservation tips, classes and rebates, according to local water agencies and environmental groups. Although water use was up for the first five months of this year compared with 2013, officials hope the uptick in awareness is the first step toward increased water savings.

“Whenever you have a drought, it ends up being a period of sea change,” said Jason Foster, director of public outreach and conservation for the San Diego County Water Authority.

While a severe drought in the 1990s ushered in long-lasting changes in indoor water use, Foster said the most recent dry years have pushed San Diegans to revisit the way they water their yards and lawns.

“Retrofitting a landscape is not as easy as … installing a high-efficiency toilet, but there are lots of things you can do to demystify that and help achieve that larger transformation,” he said.

That process got off to a rocky start this year. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of drought — the third such year of low rainfall — and asked Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent. Through May, however, statewide conservation was nowhere near that level. In San Diego County, consumption was up 10 percent over the same period in 2013.

While Southern California avoided the water shortages that afflicted the state’s northern communities, it has banked on future water supplies. Metropolitan Water District, the region’s wholesale giant, plans to draw down half its reserves this year to avoid cutbacks, said Dana Friehauf, a water resources manager for the water authority.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/18/tp-steady-flow-of-water-saving-resources/

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SD Facing Challenge of Doing More with Less Water

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Speeding up your shower by two minutes can save about five gallons of water each day. Piping leftover shower water to your lawn can conserve 25 gallons per day — or more than 9,100 gallons in a year.

Those are two examples of how some San Diegans have reduced their water binge in recent years. They’ve also made improvements such as buying low-flush toilets, water-sipping dishwashers and water-efficient clothes washers.

Between 2007 and 2013, the region’s residents, businesses and other institutions cut per-capita water use by 27 percent — from 211 gallons per day to 153. Now we’re being asked to dry out some more.

But is it possible to wring more savings?

Consider this: Between 1998 and 2002, the average American used 152 gallons of water per day, according to a 2006 United Nations report. The per-capita figure in Australia, the driest continent on Earth, was 130 gallons in that same time period. Most Europeans used 50 to 80 gallons per day, while many Africans subsisted on less than 13 gallons each day.

While parts of the developing world don’t have enough clean drinking water, experts said Americans and residents in other industrialized nations tend to waste potable water in lots of ways. Curtailing this waste would require being more mindful of consumption patterns and adopting greater reuse of wastewater, they said.

A good place to start might be the outdoors: More than half the water used in San Diego County goes to irrigate lawns and gardens, according to local water officials.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/24/tp-san-diegans-facing-challenge-of-doing-more/

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Expert Tips On Ways to Save Water At Home – Video

 

Watch a video on ways to save water around the house.

Watch at: http://media.smh.com.au/property/home-green-home/water-dont-waste-a-drop-2782064.html

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