While major efforts are underway to increase local water supplies, clean up the groundwater far below our feet, recycle water to be used again, and capture and clean water from storms, it is of critical importance to balance perse and sustainable water sources with programs that improve the efficiency of water use and encourage conservation of water resources.
Making water efficiency a way of life
With the entire state of California in its third year of drought with one of the driest first quarters on record, LA County faces numerous water supply challenges – meaning, we all need to take critical steps now to conserve and safeguard water supplies for the future.
Through simple steps like dialing back your irrigation timers, fixing all leaks and broken sprinklers, swapping out high-water-using devices, updating your yard to a water-wise landscape design and not letting water run down the street, you can be part of the water-saving solution.
Protecting our water supplies also means keeping them clean
Pollution is threatening our quality of life, and we must all work together to help prevent contaminants from entering our storm drains, which flow directly into our waterways and oceans.
The majority of water in our stormwater system is not currently treated – it flows directly into local bodies of water and the ocean, meaning any pollution in the stormwater also flows into our precious natural environments.
Small actions can make a big difference, including the careful/proper use and disposal of the following:
- car oil, grease, used tires
- household waste materials
- pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
- animal/pet waste
- green waste and other materials