Don't give up now
The drought might be ending in California, but that doesn’t mean we should go back to our old habits of wasting water. It’s important to be conscious of our water usage, and it only takes a little effort to collectively make a huge difference.
For one example, when washing dishes, turn the faucet off when you’re not actively rinsing anything and try not to let it run the entire time. Additionally, be sure to wait to turn on the dishwasher until it’s completely full to minimize the amount of loads. For those of you who live in the dorms, reduce dish usage as much as possible at the dining halls in order to minimize the amount of water needed to wash everything.
When taking a shower, only turn the water on once you’re actually prepared to get in. This way you can maximize your time while minimizing wasted water. Even better, turn off the water while shaving, soaping, and lathering up with shampoo. This one is pretty obvious, but if you turn the water off while brushing your teeth, you'll end up saving several gallons of water a day!
Reducing water usage should be a conscious daily decision for all of us. Another great (and fun) idea is switching out your potted plants for succulents and cacti. They are super cute, trendy, and easy to take care of because they require hardly any water and thrive in our California heat. This way, you can decorate while still being conscientious of your water use.
These small habit changes are an easy way to make a difference, reduce our environmental footprint, and lessen the effects of the California drought.