Sep 24, 2014 6:22 PM by Jason Atcho
With the drought being the main obstacle the state is facing, the governor's office is taking action. One part of the drought plan is providing 30,000 water conservation toolkits across the state. "It's really a conservation kit for everyone to use and we're giving them out free for people who can't afford to do these kinds of things," said Bill Ehorn, Chief of Groundwater and Geology Investigation Section for the California Department of Water Resources.
As our rivers and lakes dry up, we know we're in dire times. "We are in a near record drought. The last 7 of 8 years have been below normal rainfall, so it's a critical year. Every drop of water counts," said Ehorn.
These toolkits have many household items including a hose nozzle, low flow shower head, faucets aerators, and a bucket to catch excess water while waiting for the bath water to warm up. "You may save, on the faucets, on the order of 1 to 2 gallons of water a day. On the sprayer for your car wash, you might save 8 or 10 gallons. Then whatever you save in grey water putting it into the bucket is whatever it is. So, I mean, it just depends on your water use but you could easily 5 or 10 or 20 gallons there."
There is even a tool to help you figure out if your toilet is leaking. "It's a tablet you put in the back of your toilet and then after half an hour it'll let you know if your toilet's leaking. The water will turn blue in the bowl," explained Ehorn.
Officials say they welcome people to stop by and pick up a kit for their home. "Folks in the Red Bluff area can stop by. We'll give them out as long as we have them," said Ehorn.
The county has 500 of these kits and you can pick them up from the following locations.
Department of Water Resources
Corning Police Department
Red Bluff Police Department
Tehama County Sheriff's Office
Tehama County Environment Health
Tehama County Public Works
Tehama County Public Health
The City of Tehama