Water in Caliornia has been at the forefront of our history since statehood. Water is fundamental to sustainability, and for the past several decades, policymakers in California have grappled with water availability and use. It is a California truism that we do not have enough water to support continued population growth, thriving agriculture and forestry, wildlife needs, and robust fisheries without changing how we manage water use.
In California, water conservation has become a way of life as competing water demands outpace water supply, requiring every water user to be water smart for the future. But how to we become water smart? As individuals, we can make simple lifestyle choices (low flush toilets) and save water. As businesses, we can first perform a water audit and see where our uses lose water through inefficiency such as in toilet/faucet usage in the restroom, landscaping, air conditioning and cooling, cleaning/washing down floors and equipment, and other activities. Once a business knows where the water is going, it can take steps to limit the water use (low flow toilets, automatic faucets, drought tolerant landscaping, cooling tower improvements that often save money as well as water, sweeping-and-vacuuming rather than hosing-down floors, and other measures).
We can also store water as individuals and businesses, saving the stored water from winter rains for use during the dry summer season for irrigation and other uses. Our Rain Catchers (www.raincatchers.info) program is designed to save winter runoff for summer use, and the program can be used by individuals, schools, dairies and other agricultural operators, and more. Rooftop rainwater collection systems capture the water that is falling on impervious surfaces and direct the runoff into holding tanks or basins, small and large, for later use. Our Rain Catchers can be barrel-sized (individual homeowners), medium tanks (schools), or large (farm-scale with large tanks and other off-stream storage basins). The actions that are taken to conserve water benefit people, fish, and wildlife.
Rain Catchers provides:
We have waiting lists for schools to be involved in our programs, and you can join the waiting list, or just receive more information by filling out the form below: