The California drought has critically hit the valley of Santa Clarita through its strong impact on the Castaic Lake and here at College of the Canyons. The lake has experienced a reduction of at least 30 feet of water, causing major concern since this is where Santa Clarita gets its clean water from.
Many Santa Clarita residents have noticed the loss of water through the rapidly decreasing levels at the lake, which goes through 45 miles of pipelines distributed throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and is delivered to homes spread out across the valley.
The loss of water at the lake is truly damaging the future of the Santa Clarita Valley, being that this lake is the valley’s
main reserve for the drinking water distributed throughout the city, the water used to nourish lawns and just the water used for general purposes.
However, while levels are steadily decreasing at the lake, COC is doing many things in its power to save what little water Santa Clarita still has.
College of the Canyons is taking their part in urging a massive amount of students to save water and use it only when necessary. Less and less water is being found to be used on their grass and surrounding areas, and therefore less is running off into the drains and ending up on the sidewalk.
The bathroom has also become quite the place when it comes to wasting water. Sinks and toilets in some of the buildings are currently being updated to provide the most efficient ways of water usage in parts of the college that are very much needed.
With installing the more efficient toilets and sinks, it is estimated COC is saving more than 500 gallons of water a day.
Even the Valencia Town Center and Six Flags Magic Mountain are also starting to take part in the saving of water through using less in each sink and by making toilets more efficient. These are both huge ways to save water that are both practical and cost effective.
Various students were asked on how much water they thought they used at their home on a daily basis. “I honestly have no idea, I can guess about four, maybe five gallons a day” answered COC student Whitney Harris.
A recent study was spread out across the valley and Harris appeared to be close. The study proved that the average American uses six or seven gallons of water throughout the day. When that six or seven is multiplied by the most recently updated population of Santa Clarita, 179,590, that turns into north of 1 million gallons a day in this valley alone.
Santa Clarita is known for its family environment and therefore has a substantial number of houses, condos, and apartment complexes. These places have become major consumers of water and whether the water is used to its full benefit or used in a wasteful manner is up to the occupants of that house.
However even with a nearly five-year drought seeming to be nowhere near done, some citizens haven’t exactly watched their usage.
Many homeowners have still been spotted watering their sidewalks and streets during this “water recession,” an issue that now lies on the shoulders of the Department of Water and Power.
The DWP has actually started fining cities and the city workers in charge of saving water that oversee sprinkler malfunctions on the sidewalks. This is of course in addition to fining residents $300 when they overuse sprinklers and various sources of water, which has been going on for some time now.
Many residents like Castaic resident Alice Loya have taken measures into their own hands.
“I make sure my family is using as little water as possible, we make bottles of water and drink those throughout the day, we have completely cut the use of sprinklers from our lawns and we are definitely using less water throughout the day” said Loya.
Along with saving of water, much needed rain is finally showing up and meteorologists say even more is appearing in the forecast.This is nothing short of fantastic for residents across California as they sigh in relief.
Various reports say it will take quite a bit of water to end this drought, but this recent rain seems to be a start. If the first two months are any indicator, 2015 to be a wet and promising year.