Is Your School Doing Its Part to Conserve Water? Find Out Your Rank
On January 17, 2014 Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist throughout the State of California due to severe drought conditions. Executive Order B-29-15 directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose restrictions to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable urban water usage through February 28, 2016. This restriction requires water suppliers to California’s cities and towns to reduce usage as compared to the amount used in 2013.
Since this declaration, our Facilities Department has taken effective steps to meet our 25% reduction including limiting irrigation times to designated water days, restricting pressure washing at sites, reducing watering of ornamental turf, prioritizing repairs to leaks and updating bathrooms with low flow fixtures. Even with all of these efforts there is still more work that can be done.
What can you do to help? This year we have decided to couple these water conservation efforts with our school resource conservation program, Project Green. Project Green 2016 will focus on educating students and staff about water use at their site and encourage facilities improvement projects that will reduce the school’s water consumption. Is your school meeting the 25% goal? Sign up to participate in Project Green 2016 by visiting http://www.scusd.edu/project-green-programs.