Water ... it’s something most people take for granted.
Although it seems like water conservation has been in the spotlight for some time, now — especially in desert areas.
It’s never too early to start educating youngsters on the importance of conserving water. Fifth-graders at Manzanita Elementary School got a first-hand look at the process of making water clean, during the Palmdale Water District’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event.
According to a report in the Monday edition of the Antelope Valley Press, the students were tasked with making dirty water clean by creating their own water filters, using a bottle filled with layers of sand, gravel and cotton.
“The layers of material also mimic how water naturally filters into the underground aquifer where the District obtains groundwater for use,” the story said.
The students poured visibly dirty water in the top of the bottle and collected the filtered water in a cup at the bottom. After a couple of passes through the filter, the water was clean.
It’s a great exercise to teach children about the water cleaning process. Adults could probably learn a thing or two about it, as well.
Can you imagine not having clean water — or any water at all? Though it is hard to think about life without water, it’s something we need to take seriously.
The Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts website urges customers to think about ways to make irrigation and home systems more efficient.
“It is important for everyone to take proactive steps to start conserving today,” the website says.
There are many ways to cut down on the use of water and not all are as extreme or costly as ripping out lawn and replacing it with xeriscaping.
Avwaterplan.org offers some everyday tips to conserving water, such as:
• If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
• Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
• Designate a glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
• When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
• At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
• Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save ever more water and energy.
• Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
• Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
The website has plenty of information about the California water crisis, such as conservation constraints, record drought, climate change, aging infrastructure, the deteriorating Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and water supply cutbacks.
There’s also a five-minute documentary on “California’s Water Crisis.”
It’s 2019 and with all the technological advances we’ve seen in the past several decades, you’d think that we’d be living a much different life, yet here we are, dealing with a water crisis and no electricity at times because of fire danger. Sometimes we, as humans, are our own worst enemies.