Last year we received about 50% of our seasonal average rainfall. Though we have had some recent rain, officials are reporting our region has received only about 37% of our seasonal average precipitation to date. On January 17th Governor Brown officially declared a statewide drought emergency requesting residential water users to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. We are asking you to help reduce your water usage.
There are numerous ways you can help:
Visit our website: www.aromaswaterdistrict.org for news and tips about conservation, indoors and out.
Log on to your account (from our website) to see your prior year usage as a way to gauge your monthly use. Calculate your use into gallons: one cubic foot equals 7.5 gallons.
Learn to understand your daily usage and make an effort to reduce indoor use.
Two 7 minute showers with a 1.5 gpm showerhead uses 21 gallons
Nine toilet flushings with a low-flow toilet uses a total of 12 gallons
One dishwasher run uses between 6-10 gallons
One washing machine load of clothes uses 20 gallons
Running water in the sink uses 1 gallon per minute
Leaks happen. Contact AWD to learn how to read your water meter
Focus on landscape watering; this is usually more than 65% of your total usage. Reduce outdoor watering by: using mulch to hold moisture, installing drip water systems, replacing lawn with drought tolerant plants, irrigating in the early morning or cool evening, avoid watering when it is windy, use shut off nozzles on hoses.
Let’s reduce our water impact during this current drought as well as into the future. Our district is not in a crisis yet but a prolonged drought could have potentially severe consequences for our precious water supply. Your participation is the answer.
Thank you for your continued support,
Members of the Board of Directors and Staff of Aromas Water District
The Aromas Water District is a Multicounty Special District governed by the California Water Code and regulated by the California Department of Public Health. The District provides water to customers within its annexed boundaries in the Aromas area serving a portion of Monterey and San Benito Counties. For a closer look at the area served, see the link to the District map on the left.