It’s easy to think about conserving water when our streams are visibly parched and the word “drought” meets us at every turn – but what about when it’s raining? Quite often the question is asked, “If we had a lot of rainfall, why do I need to conserve?” The answer has multiple reasons, but to provide a better understanding, the following information includes the most important facts to remember.
The City of Turlock relies entirely on groundwater for its drinking water supply. The recent drought resulted in a severe decline in groundwater levels, in turn causing higher contaminant levels in the remaining supply. Additionally, water quality regulations have become more stringent, further limiting the availability of potable water.
Surface water supply sees an immediate benefit from heavy rainfall, however, groundwater supplies require multiple rainy seasons to aid in the replenishment of the aquifer. In some instances, groundwater has been depleted past the point of recovery resulting in long-term impact to the water supply.
Water conservation isn’t a temporary patch for times of drought. Water is a necessary and limited resource and its use should reflect its immeasurable value. With a wet winter following years of drought, it's tempting to revert to old water-wasteful ways. Unfortunately, although we don’t know when the next drought will arrive, in California it’s inevitable that there will eventually be another one.
Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP #131
Only rain down the storm drains: If you have witnessed anything other than rain water entering a storm drain, please report it to the City of Turlock's Municipal Services Department by either calling (209) 668-5590 or filling out the online “Report Water Pollution” form which can be found at: http://ci.turlock.ca.us/watersewergarbageservice/waterquality/reportstormdrainpollution.asp