Are regions actually starting to think about their long-term water supply?

For about 20 million people living in Southern California, water is not something that should be taken for granted. Due to many factors such as climate and geography, Southern California simply does not get enough water to sustain itself. As a result, Southern California agencies and entities must import water from other regions-most commonly Northern California. However, this has created an environmental catastrophe for many aquatic species, such as the Bay Delta Smelt. This small fish struggles to survive in an ecosystem where it used to thrive. This is because the salinity levels (amount of salt in the water) flux with increased and decreased pumping to Southern California. As Southern California’s water supply decreases, more (fresh) water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As a result, seawater then mixes with the remaining fresh water, and makes it inhospitable for the smelt.
Water purveyors and municipalities do, undoubtedly, try to conserve water. However, these agencies and municipalities tend to push for more water conservation during dry years, and they often relax conservation efforts in years with plenty of rain. This causes a long-term problem because not enough is being done about water conservation. Efforts must be made year-round, rain or shine to make a lasting long-term impact on water conservation. As a result of the fluctuating water conservation efforts, consumers often do not realize how big of an issue water conservation really is. For example, agencies push to conserve water during dry years, and then reduce efforts during wet years. Customers then forget about water conservation during wet years. While this might work short-term, we need to conserve water ALL of the time-rain or shine, regardless of how full our reservoirs and aquifers are.

Brian O’Neill


Fantastic new resource for water information

Please join WaterWise in welcoming this new online resource for water data. Wholly H2O is a non-profit dedicated to encouraging water reuse and conservation in California, particularly in the San Francsico Bay area. Read the intro from Wholly H2O founder Elizabeth Dougherty below.

Wholly H2o’s mission is to equip Californians with the information and skills necessary to normalize water conservation and efficiency, as well as the adoption of rainwater, graywater, stormwater and black water reuse/recycling in the residential, commercial/institutional, industrial and agricultural sectors.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce the soft launch of the comprehensive information website

This site is a comprehensive information center for efficiency, rainwater, graywater, stormwater and black water management, capture and reuse. You can find Products and Services from around the state and country, links to Rebates and Incentives, a Calendar of statewide water events, Tips, Best Practices, Demonstration Projects, Films, Blogs, an Art Gallery, and much more.

While we fill in content over the next several months, begin benefitting now by perusing all the useful information, particularly those found in “Resources”. Of course, we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Feel free to subscribe to the announcement list, and submit your company’s information to be included in Products and Services.

Let the “getting more informed” about integrated water management begin!

Elizabeth Dougherty
Wholly H2o’s mission is to equip Californians with the information and skills necessary to normalize water conservation and efficiency, as well as rainwater, graywater, stormwater and black water reuse/recycling. The purpose is to mitigate the currently unsustainable demands on California water supplies, and corresponding environmental degradation to California’s natural water systems. The goal is to use our water in the most appropriate manner possible given our realtime existing conditions.
Our secondary mission is to provide the information and training necessary to expand the water-related green jobs market throughout the state of California.
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Lodi resident explores backyard method of recharging aquifers

                Cecil Reese, Lodi resident and Oklahoma native is exploring a method of recharging underground aquifers in the comfort of his own yard.  Reese’s yard often floods with rainwater during the rainy season.  This is what spurred him to devise a method of reducing flooding in his yard while helping replenish aquifers.

                The flooding is caused by the failure of rooftop gutters to deliver rainwater to sewers or underground storage.  By implementing his innovative idea, Reese was able to solve this problem and potentially another more critical problem.  Reese’s idea could potentially direct large amounts of rainwater directly into the ground where it would be absorbed by underground aquifers.

                The Lodi resident stated that he hates waste, and this was an attempt to prevent the waste of water.  He presented his idea to the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 1.  The board was interested in Reese’s idea, and wants to look into it. 

                Reese also stated that by implementing tax cuts as well as rebates and incentives, this is a potentially affordable and effective method of replenishing our aquifers.  San Joaquin County was recently awarded millions of dollars to be used for water conservation.  By using this money to implement Reese’s idea, Lodi San Joaquin County could potentially save money on wastewater treatment and conserve other resources.

                There is, however, criticism of Reese’s idea due to the lack of scientific research regarding contaminants and pollutants entering the aquifers.  Promoters of this idea argued that this method of replenishing aquifers is no different than natural rainfall, because the water is still filtered through the ground.  The only significant difference is that this re-directed rainwater will be gathered in a dry well underground, and then will naturally seep through the soils into the aquifer. 

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