How Californians Can Save Water During Historic Drought

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Mar 31, 2015 5:00 PM ET
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California is suffering from one of the worst droughts on record. For the fourth straight year, residents of the golden state have been hearing about the meager rainfall and snowpack. Many state residents think fellow Californians can do much more to conserve water. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians surveyed think people in their area of the state are not doing enough to respond to the drought. 

Some California towns are doing more to conserve water than others. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the hardest hit regions of California when it comes to drought. The Valley is one of the world’s great agricultural areas. It is also an area that is arid in a good rain year when 10 inches of rain is considered abundant. One small Valley town is really doing something to conserve water. Located in the south Valley, Woodlake has reduced its overall water use by 38 percent. The statewide urban water conservation rate in December was 22 percent. Not bad for a city of nearly 8,000. 

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.”