How the California drought has tightened up my prepping for water quality is simple. The first, and the most important, step I have taken is to get rid of all my water-carrier vehicles (trade-ins). There are three reasons for this: I’m moving to a more remote location, with less water to share; I don’t use water carriers; and I am buying much more local organic food stuff and using smaller scale water washing units. That increases my water usage, which, in turn, costs me money. If there were more trucks on the road, there would be more water available for me – and that’s how the California drought has tightened up my prepping.
Secondly, I no longer use tanks or “water barrels” for storing my water. Those large plastic water barrels that sit in our yard collecting rainwater are an eyesore and an unnecessary evil. They take up so much space – it’s hard to do yard work while sitting in your car drinking rainwater (and watching your toes eventually blister from the heat). Plus, they are so dirty and they smell like sewage as they get old and begin to rot. I don’t think there is any way to clean them: they look like they’re always going to need a good scrubbing.
And finally, we don’t use sprinklers – we’ve replaced those with ground drip water systems. The drip water system doesn’t require a lot of watering, and it dries much faster than the traditional mains water system did. So, I don’t have to wait hours to get my plants, shrubs and trees dried out and trimmed. And, if I do get a little water on them, I don’t have to water till it’s really wet – that just means more work, more time spent raking out dead leaves and dirt, and I don’t have to weed my garden with a million other plants and animals in it, making it harder on me and my dogs.
Most of the drought has been due to the historically strong El Nino event, which brought record rainfall to Southern California. Now, we have a below average rainfall for this month, with a slight above average. While this might not sound like much, in a place like California, which has long been known for its ability to draw water from underground aquifers, it’s a big deal. When the groundwater level in the aquifers gets too low, and California has been such a large area, and with such a long history of drought, that is a big deal. So, we need all the rain we can get to help with the problem now, and I don’t think the federal government knows how to do that – at least not right now.
So, how the California drought has tightened up my water bills? Well, for one thing, I now use a shower head attachment on my shower head, to avoid as much of the water spraying out onto my floor as possible. This is very important in Southern California, as much of our city is in a low-lying desert. It’s not exactly “green”, is it? Anyway, with less water going out, it means that my water bill is much lower now.
But, more importantly, it saves me time. I used to have to drive to the city water plant, fill up my tank, then pay over twenty dollars a gallon for the water. And, I had to wait in line for about an hour, until they took my water (which was supposed to be free), then pay again. Yuck! No wonder I was so tempted to drink the water from the tap – it tasted so good.
Now, however, I simply fill up my water tank and worry no more. It’s much easier to just fill up the tank when it’s full, rather than trying to guess when it’s empty, which is just too time consuming. So, I don’t have to worry about paying so much money to a water company any longer, which is also good. So, now I’m able to see how the California drought has tightened up my water bill.
And, the good news is that I no longer have to worry about running out of water in my home, or the homes of my neighbors, and my dog. The drought has caused me to save money while helping the environment. See, I used to just pay my water bill every month, and then I would be glad that I was able to save money while helping the environment at the same time. Now, I can smile at the thought of next month knowing that I’ve already saved enough to replace what I used to buy my groceries with. This how the California drought has tightened up my water bill.