The governor stated that “July is the perfect time to increase water awareness throughout the state.” He said that “whether it is by watering the lawn less frequently” or “constructing a drip irrigation system for the garden or upgrading existing systems with smart irrigation controllers”, Californians need to be more aware of how much water could be saved collectively. In July, most people in California use more water than usual on their lawns and landscapes due to the temperatures that often escalate to triple-digits. The governor declared that the reservoir levels will not be replenished until fall because the levels are dropping sharply due to the abundant use of water in the hot months of the summer. July is the month when water usage it usually at its peak in
He stressed how critical conserving water is to
“Conserving water is essential to our state’s future. Our state’s roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries have attracted millions of people from around the world for many years. Tourists flock to
DWR director Mark Cowin advised Californians to fix leaking sprinklers and watering lawns when it cools down because watering lawns during the day is counter-productive, since so much of the water will be lost extremely fast into the atmosphere due to evaporation from the hot temperatures. “Big water savings can be found outdoors, starting with your sprinkler system”, he said.
The DWR also suggests going to http://www.saveourh2o.orgto find out more about water conservation tips.
Governor Brown’s announcement is part of the state’s effort to educate the public about water conservation, through the state wide Save Our Water Program.
It also coincides with the nationwide effort known as the Smart Irrigation Month, conducted by the Irrigation Association that focuses on the use of efficient irrigation techniques, sprinklers and water-saving products, practices and services in order increase the awareness of the value of water use in the month of July.
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