OUR WATER REPORT is encouraging. The city tells us that we're saving enough to get through the year, and these monthly reports will keep us on track throughout the summer.
But who are those efficient neighbors? They must be away on vacation or more frequently absent from their homes than we retired folks -- because we're being extremely frugal with our water habits now. One thing is certain: a good number of Palo Altans have substituted drought resistant plants and drip irrigation for those water-consuming front lawns.
Citywide efforts are paying off as we're now 18% below historic levels which is way ahead of the 10% state mandate. Let's keep it up. Considering that outdoor watering consumes most of our monthly allotment, that's the first and best place to make an adjustment.
Our water is supplied by the San Francisco PUC and collected in the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir in the Sierras. We know that Mother Nature's annual water supply is finite, but we can make informed choices to muddle through this mess!
We can't be certain when the draught will end; there could be more seasons to come. However, we can be smart about our situation and act accordingly. By remaining efficient, not wasting resources, and recycling where practical -- we can keep our precious Golden State golden.