Drought Awareness

Every Drop Counts

Statewide mandatory water reductions, directed by Governor Jerry Brown in April 2015, continue and California remains in a drought. Every urban water supplier was ranked for a reduction requirement and Camrosa Water District, which supplies water to CI, was placed into a category requiring a reduction potable (drinking) water by 32% relative to 2013. As of June 2016, we are only down 5%.

CI is already saving water with these practices:

  • Turning off and keeping the fountains drained
  • Watering landscape with recycled water
  • Converting grass areas to planters covered in mulch, enhanced with drought resistant plants
  • Cutting back up to 50% on watering on remaining turf areas
  • Installed low-water-use fixtures such as 1.6 and 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and low flow aerators on sink faucets and shower heads

Other practices to help reduce the water use on campus and at home include:

  • Turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, shave, or wash your hands
  • Only washing full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Trying to keep your showers to no more than 5 minutes
  • Waiting longer between car washes, and using a facility that recycles the water

For more information contact Coleen Barsley, Sustainability and Operations Analyst, at 805-437-3507 or coleen.barsley@csuci.edu.

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