Governor Announces July as "Water Smart Month"
Urges Smart Irrigation Practices to Reduce Outdoor Water Use
SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/28/13 -- Because July is peak
month for outdoor water use, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced
the month as "Water Smart Month." The governor's announcement is part
of the state's ongoing effort to educate the public about ways to
conserve water, principally through the statewide Save Our Water
program. California's Water Smart Month coincides with a national
effort to increase the public's knowledge about improved technology
for sprinklers, drip irrigation and sprinkler timers.
The Save Our Water program, which was created by the California
Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Association of California
Water Agencies (ACWA) in 2009, educates consumers on ways to reduce
their household water use. Outdoor water use is a major focus of the
program since, in many areas, 50 percent or more of residential water
use goes to lawns and outdoor landscaping.
"July is the perfect time to increase water awareness throughout the
state," Brown wrote. "The snow packs are shrinking and the state will
not see its reservoirs begin to fill again until fall. Low
consumption practices and technology will help keep water in the
streams and lakes for all to enjoy."
Brown continued, "I invite all Californians to practice more
sustainable water consumption, whether it be watering the lawn less
frequently, constructing a drip irrigation system for the garden or
upgrading existing systems with smart irrigation controllers."
Save Our Water launched a new web portal, Sprinklers 101, in May
aimed at helping homeowners and landscaping professionals conserve
more water outdoors. Sprinklers 101 provides information on
installing and converting an existing system to drip irrigation,
information on smart controllers and links to sprinkler controller
manuals (for homeowners who may not know how to program their current
controller). Landscape professionals will find information about
water-wise gardening, professional licensing and education and more.
"Whether it is simply fixing a broken sprinkler, switching out
old-fashioned sprinklers for modern, water-efficient sprinklers or
installing a smart controller, there are many easy ways to save water
outdoors," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "With its warm weather and
long days, July is a great time to check your sprinkler system."
Despite an extremely wet December, California's winter ultimately
turned out to be one of the driest on record. The final snow survey
showed that the water content in California's snowpack was only 17
percent of normal. If the next winter is also drier than normal,
state water managers are concerned the state may be facing a serious
drought which could result in residential water restrictions.
"Given California's climate, water conservation needs to be a daily
habit," said Jennifer Persike, ACWA's Deputy Executive Director for
External Affairs and Operations. "But this year, after an unusually
dry winter, it is critical that we all do our part to help stretch
the state's water supply. Cutting back on outdoor water use by
watering smarter is an easy way to save."
To learn more about the Save Our Water program, visit
www.saveourh2o.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Save Our
Water is a joint program founded and run by the California Department
of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies.
Association of California Water Agencies
Dept. of Water Resources
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