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Written by  Monday, 14 September 2015 12:33

     As you know, in January, Governor Brown, declared a drought state of emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions in preparation for a water shortage.  As of June 1st, the Governor mandated a 25 percent emergency water use reduction until February 2016.  With continuous efforts, Californians surpassed June’s conservation rate by 27.3 percent and even better July’s water use was reduced by 31.3 percent! That’s great news! For the last two consecutive months, everyone’s efforts and all campaigning, we, as a state, exceeded the Governor’s 25 percent emergency conservation mandate! Read more here   

        California’s residential water users are fully aware of the severity of this drought.  It is the driest in California history. Traditionally, the summer is when the most water is used, particularly outside on our lawns.  Saving water now is critical. State officials are urging all residential water users to continue with their conservation efforts, as the forecast is looking dry until November.  There are plenty of ways to save and it is very easy. Little changes in your water use can reflect a big difference. Here are a few ways to conserve outside your home.


  • Watering in the early morning or later evenings can save you about 25 gallons;
  • Plant drought resistant tress and plants;
  • Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch not only keeps the soil cool, but can prevent weeds and also reduces evaporation;
  • Monitor your irrigation system to ensure it is only watering your lawn and not the house or sidewalk;
  • Use a broom to clean your driveway and sidewalks. This can save you approximately 8 to 18 gallons of water a minute;
  • Wash your cars and boats with a bucket of water and a sponge. Install a self-closing nozzle. This can save you approximately 8 to 18 gallons of water a minute.

      Additionally, with support from the community and the continuous conservation efforts by the Big Bear Lake Department of Water’s (BBLDWP), the average 2014 residential summer water use qualified the community for a 16 percent reduction in lieu of the state mandated 25 percent.  To ensure that all customers are complying with the BBLDWP and the state, any violator will risk fines of up to $500.00 each day.  Learn more at  Saving water is a community effort and that applies to full time residents, vacationers, and even one day visitors.  Conserving our precious water resource takes no breaks.         

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