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A water-wise Orange County is within reach

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/2/2014

By Shelley Hoss

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below

Is it possible to conserve our way out of California’s relentless drought?

Garry Brown, chief executive officer of Orange County Coastkeeper, says it is.

However, it will take Orange County residents adopting new habits in the near term and getting over our aversion to water treatment technologies in the long term.

“This is one of the most extreme droughts we’ve had in California’s history,” Brown said. “Here in Southern California, we are seeing less of a water-supply issue than a water-allocation issue. That’s because the Metropolitan Water District has invested in long-term conservation for years. Orange County is home to one of the largest and most state-of-the-art water-recycling facilities in the world,  producing 70 million gallons every day which soon will grow to 100 million gallons a day. Nonetheless, we residents must also do our part.” 

If we don’t curtail wasteful uses of the state’s limited water supply, we will threaten the water that is essential for life-sustaining needs, such as drinking, food production and preservation of our natural ecosystem. In fact, Brown points out, the state's firefighting agency, Cal Fire, has responded to a dangerous increase in the number of fires at this point in the year, wiping out ecosystems that may never recover. 

And the sobering part is that Coastkeeper reports that Californians use 60 percent of their water consumption outdoors, on lawns and plants foreign to this area that require excessive water just to live. 

So what’s the alternative? Brown says that education is the key to fighting this drought.

Orange County Coastkeeper has modeled a 2.5 acre Coastkeeper Garden at Santiago Canyon College in Orange. This unique, sustainable garden hosts plants from six southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants. There, visitors can gain inspiration from six California-friendly garden rooms, landscaped with native plant habitats. Since the Coastkeeper Garden opened in May 2013, nearly 50,000 have toured it. 

In South County, San Juan Capistrano-based The Ecology Center is an exciting educational center that engages individuals, families and students in fun, hands-on activities to teach practical, environmental solutions at the household and community level.

“One of our programs is called The Water Shed,” said Evan Marks, Executive Director of The Ecology Center. “We travel to schools, special events and festivals throughout Southern California to show people where water comes from and to educate them about the daily decisions they make that effect our future supply and how to be good water stewards.”

Marks agrees that education produces action.  We can end California’s long-term relationship with droughts through conservation, starting with two important first steps.

First, Orange County residents must use less water outdoors. Besides replacing water-guzzling plants with native and “California-friendly,” drought-tolerate plants, substituting concrete in your backyard with water-permeable ground cover can deliver long-term benefits. When we do (finally) welcome rain, the ground cover will absorb it, rather than losing it to storm drains.
Second, replace older showerheads, toilets and faucets with water-efficient, low-flow models. Be sure to check with your water utility first, as many are offering customers incentives to do so right now. 

Third, be open-minded about innovative solutions that could be introduced in the future through technology that can help accelerate the reuse and recycling process with water that are being tested today. 

Orange County, are you ready to be water wise? To learn more visit Nonprofit Central to find organizations working to protect our valuable natural resources.

Shelley Hoss is president of the Orange County Community Foundation. She can be reached at

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