Yet, with each new drought and subsequent request that people conserve more, the question is inevitably asked: How much more can we do?
California endured nasty droughts since before there was even a place called California, and most people do the right thing and use water wisely. They are now being asked to reduce an additional 20 percent of water usage, which can be difficult if you kept up with the conservation measures you started doing in the late 1980's, during the last great drought.
That's the position we are in here at the Hot Flash Homestead. We don't always flush (TMI?), we rarely wash our cars, and we've taken out almost all of our lawn. So the 20 percent has to come from somewhere, and we've decided it's going to be here:
We are also looking at water collection barrels, which would allow our roof's rain runoff to be stored for drier months.
I'm not sure if it will get us to a 20 percent reduction in use since we already conserve so much, but it will help.
Of course the biggest and best changes would come if everyone in the state removed most of their lawns, if golf courses shut down or changed over to AstroTurf, and if swimming pools, agricultural ponding basins or reservoirs were covered to prevent evaporation. But at this point, I guess that's asking too much of people. So for now, we all do a little, and hope it helps a lot.
But, I suppose every drop in the bucket helps. And so we adjust our usage downward ... one more time.