Uncategorized March 29, 2014

The California Water Crisis

The typical three-bedroom, two-bath single-family home in California uses approximately 174,000 gallons of water a year. That is enough water to cover an acre of land with over 6″ of water. The majority of this water (57%) is used on landscaping. Followed by showers at 17%. We may have seen a few rain showers lately but our local water reservoirs are still extremely low. Anyone driving down highway 17 past Lexington Reservoir sitting at only 29% of capacity can clearly see what our lack of rain this winter has done to our water supplies. You might live in a municipality who uses mostly ground water and this this water shortage won’t affect you, but that is absolutely not true. Those ground water reservoirs have to be recharged by water seeping through the soils which comes from rain water.

This infographic below shows some ideas of what you might do to reduce your indoor water usage which will help. But also think about how you can reduce that 99,180 gallons of water the average Californian puts in our lawns and flower each year. Try xeriscaping your garden using some native California plants.

Here are some links to resources on making your landscaping more drought tolerant:

Growing Native Website

Houzz Xeriscaping

California Gardens Drought tolerant plant list


WaterCrisis Infographic