Monthly Archives: May 2014

California’s Drought

Water Shortage And How You Can Make a Difference!


As summer approaches, we at Pathfinder Ranch turn our attention to the concern of water shortage and how we can conserve this precious resource. In Garner Valley and in the surrounding mountains, there has been a lack of regular rainfall and snow this winter and spring. What this means for Pathfinder Ranch is that we must take certain steps in order to conserve what precious water we do have. Students staying here at Pathfinder Ranch help us conserve water by taking three minute showers, not dumping water from their bottles onto the ground, and not letting water run excessively from sinks and faucets.

When it comes to conserving water, everyone in California making small adjustments in their own lives can have a big impact on our water usage throughout the state. There are many ways in which we can conserve water each and every day. Here are some ways that you can make a difference conserving water at home:

  • Keep one glass for water and reuse it throughout the day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  • Instead of just letting the water run while you’re washing dishes, try filling up two basins, one for washing and one for rinsing. You can also use the water you’ve collected to help water the house/garden plants rather than dumping it down the drain afterwards.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. If your bathroom has low flow shower heads you’re using between 1 and 2 gallons per minute. So, if you cut your showers from 10 minutes to 5 minutes, you’re saving up to 10 gallons per shower!
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you could save up to 4 gallons a minute.
  • Check all of your faucets, shower heads, and hose handles for any leaks.
  • When doing laundry, make sure to match the water level to the size of the load. Try to only do full loads to save on electricity as well.
  • You can also collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts that have pipes leading to large plants/trees/bushes. Or even better, install a cistern or large collection container to store this water for the drier summer months. This water could be used later to water your plants or wash your family’s car.

Most importantly, make sure to spread the word to family and friends that we all need to conserve water. We can’t survive without water, so make sure to use this valuable resource wisely and do your part to help conserve water!