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Water Master Plan
Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company has contracted with Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers to create a Water Master Plan. For those Shareholders interested in the more technical side of the Water Industry please visit The Special Reports here on this website.
The Governor of our great State has asked every person to conserve 20% of their water usage per month.
Here is a great way to do just that, plus!
DID YOU KNOW… that the average American uses 100 gallons of water a DAY, according to EPA.gov??? So the question is, “How in the world do I save 20 gallons of water a day?”
By doing this… Shortening your shower by a minute or two, you could save up to 150 gallons per person per month … While you’re in there bring your toothbrush (150 gallons saved) and a bucket to catch some water that would otherwise go down the drain… to water outside/house plants or flush a toilet (another 150 gallons saved give or take) If you only flush when you “need” too, you could save between 225 and 450 gallons per month … depending on how old your toilet is. Bringing your total water conservation to a whopping 900 (or 675 with a newer toilet) gallons saved per month!!! Way more than the Governor is asking for, which is only 600 gallons per person per month.
For more handy water conserving ideas, go to our water conservation tips page. If you have any great ideas you want to share with your fellow shareholders, feel free to email those ideas in at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call in the office at (209) 795-7025.
Message from the President: January 2014
BLS Water Use Conservation
I want to talk to you about importance of CONSERVATION. Simply put: USING LESS WATER !!
The State of California has a water shortage. The press is starting to cover areas that have local reservoirs and showing the water level drop. The Governor is being pushed to declare a Water Emergency. This is the number one political issue in California....The time for DOING is NOW.
We don't need to wait any longer to start examining and improving our water use and habits. Do you know about how much water the average California homeowner uses every day? According to California Department of Water Resources (DWR), it is 192 gallons per person per day. Many of us remember in the mid-1970s, when each household was rationed and held to 160 gallons/day, NOT per person but per household. We responded as a community and began to use a lot less water.
We can do that again and now is the time.
Consider doing a couple of simple conservation measures:
* Shut the water OFF when brushing your teeth. We all brush our teeth and we can save about 10 gallons per day if we did this simple task. 10 gallons is not a lot, until you multiply that number by the number holding a tooth brush ...Imagine.
* We are in winter; at least it is supposed to be. Curtail as much exterior watering as possible. Install the drip system you have been planning but didn't get around to...Plan now---Save later.
* Time to fix any leaking anything. Water line breaks and line leaks account for 15% of all water use. You don't have to own a toilet that leaks. If the toilet needs replacing invest in the Low-Flo models. They work just as well and use remarkably less water.
* This is great opportunity to replace that huge overhead water launcher you have as a showerhead. There are inexpensive Low-Flo showerheads that are powerful and you will no longer have to duck or bump your head on the old one.
* Examine your water use patterns and develop your own conservation measures. Everyone has at least one. Share it with us and we'll make you famous by sharing it with others.
While I think of it, last year someone told me that a number of homeowners in BLS were told or advised by a tree expert to place a hose at the base of a forest tree and let the water run all day. The result will save the tree(s). I would submit that the forest is doing a pretty fair job of managing its trees. We need to manage our water use.
A reminder: Send us your water saving ideas and we'll put it on BLSMWC.com for the world to see.
Remember: We CAN make a difference.
Thank you for CONSERVING.
Robert JP Maginnis
President, Board of Directors
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