As you drive through some of the roads of Southern California, the grounds bare resemblance to a scene you may see in an old western film. Wind blows loose debris, once part of the earth, through the desert air. The parched soil cracks beneath the weight of a drought that has overstayed its welcome by four years. A drought that has changed not only the California landscape, but its inhabitants outlook on water.
Sadly, we are facing one of the most severe droughts in history in Southern California.
In January of 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency in the state of California, and in early 2015 he called for statewide water reduction. This includes a 25% statewide water reduction in urban water usage, and a 36% water reduction for Valley agencies. The conservation of water is the easiest, most efficient, and most cost effective ways to quickly reduce water demand. Martha’s Village and Kitchen is committed to conserving water, and we adhere to the mandatory restrictions outlined by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Indio Water Authority.
Promoting Water Conservation at Martha’s
To support our local community, environment, and state, we have come up with a simple and effective conservation plan.
Our goal is to remove nearly 40,000 square feet of of sod in underused areas on our property and replace it with a desert scape design, using native plants and groundcover. By replacing a large amount of grass on our property, we will significantly reduce the amount of water used to sustain them.
This project will:
- Dramatically minimize our water usage.
- Significantly decrease our high water bill.
- Create desert scape areas on our property, while still keeping some grassy areas for the children to play on.
Upon successful completion of this project, we will have the ability to apply for a rebate from the county.
Ways You Can Help Conserve Water
In addition to the mandatory restrictions put in place by the state, there are many other ways you can help to conserve water. In some cases, you can even receive a rebate.
Some simple, yet effective ways to help conserve water (from SaveOurWater.com) include:
- Don’t let the water run when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving, etc
- Replace your grass with a desert scape design (like we’re doing)
- Thaw your food in the refrigerator, rather than using running water
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly (compost instead!)
- Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator, rather than running the tap
- Install a water and energy efficient dishwasher, toilet, and washing machine
- Wash your car with a self-closing nozzle
- Use a broom to clean driveways
- Water your yard early in the morning, or late in the evening
You can learn more about water conservation in California here.
How Can You Help Us?
If you are interested in helping to support our water-conservation project, you can donate here.
By complying with Governor Brown’s State of Emergency mandates, and with your help, we can continue our mission to serve those in need.
Our donors truly are the “heart” of our organization. Please know that we are incredibly grateful for your feedback and your support. As our desert scape plot takes shape, we invite you to stop by to see its progress!