Summer heat & water supplies

OK, so it doesn’t quite get this hot and dry here on the south coast! But water tables will be dropping soon, and so homeowners should be moving into full-on water conservation mode.

Here are a few pointers . . .

  • Do only full loads of laundry, and no multiple loads in one day.
  • Get a water-saving shower head — e.g. Water-Pik that allows you to shut-off flow at head for soaping up.
  • Tell all your house guests the Gulf Islands toilet mantra: “if it’s yellow, let it mellow . . .”
  • Let your grass “go native” in our natural dry season; it bounces back in the fall.
  • If you have a low-recovery well — maybe this is the summer to finance and install a well-to-cistern-to-house system so you can slowly trickle fill a cistern to have a reservoir of water.
  • Water the tender flowers and veggies in the early morning or late evening.
  • Buy a well-watcher to monitor your well level if you’ve had a past history of it running dry.