As you know, California is in a serious drought. Water conservation is on the mind of most of the citizens although I have been reading about some in southern California who are using millions of gallons of water on their estates. Guess there are a few who don’t want to be concerned with what will happen when there is no more water for growing the food for the world that we do so well here.
Because the city utility bill is in Terry’s name, and because he pays said bill, I rarely, if ever, look at the monthly invoice. Yesterday, after it arrived by mail, Terry was discussing our water usage for the month of October. He has occasionally mused on what we use and I listen with one ear, but yesterday’s stats made me sit up and take notice.
The average monthly use of water in a Fresno household was 18,637 gallons. Our address used 7,143 gallons. That is 2,052 gallons BELOW our drought allocation! I was stunned. Yes, I’ve cut back on watering the yards. Yes, we put in water restrictors in the toilets. Yes, we now have a low-flow kitchen faucet. But most days we run the dishwasher twice. We take showers every evening, albeit short ones. We are home, a lot, so we are using the facilities more than when we were away at work all day.
Terry and I know how important water is to this valley and its economy. There are communities where wells have dried up and there are homes with no running water. It makes me fearful at times. I read about the ground sinking due to all the pumping that is going on to water the large corporate vineyards, orchards, and dairies. These ag owners have the funds to drill $400,000 wells that go down over 100 feet, drawing up water that has been there for centuries. What happens when that water is gone?
We will keep conserving, doing our small part, with hopes that the snow will fall this year, replenishing surface water for agriculture irrigation.