Sunday, June 4, 2023

Drought Preparedness Campaign Offers Water Saving Tips for Restaurants, Car Washes, Pools, and Landscape Contractors

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District Drought Preparedness Campaign:

Lake Mendocino visibly low [Picture from the Army Corp of Engineers, Lake Mendocino Facebook page]

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

For week 9 of the 2021 Drought Preparedness Campaign, we ask that you encourage local businesses to proactively save water. If they are not, please suggest the following:

Restaurants and Bars

·         Don’t “Burn the Ice” at the end of the day. This process requires spraying hot water to rid the basin of ice before the sanitary wipe down can occur. Pour the ice onto the landscape instead.

·         Post drought awareness signs above public and employee handwashing stations, faucets, and landscape.

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·         Only provide water to customers upon request

Car Wash

·         If you must wash your vehicle, please use a drive-through car wash because they recycle their water, which conserves more water than washing your vehicle at home.

Pools and Hot Tubs

·         Install covers over pools and hot tubs to minimize evaporation.

·         Cover kiddie pools or pour used water on shrubs and trees.

Landscape Contractors

·         Recommend not installing new lawns, especially during this drought.

·         Encourage lawns to be replaced with artificial turf, mulch, or woodchips.

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·         Consider switching to drought tolerant native plants that benefit native pollinators.

·         Adjust irrigation timers so trees and shrubs “Survive not Thrive.”

These weekly messages are geared to be simple to practice by each of us. Please share this with your family, friends, neighbors, landscape contractors, and customers to make water conservation a daily part of our lives.

Water conservation is more important than ever this year.

For more information about the drought and water conservation, visit:

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  1. Not letting the water run while brushing my teeth etc is something I’ve been doing since many droughts ago. It’s not much but it adds up over 25 years.

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