I’ve been living in Los Angeles for over 13 years. Regardless of all the ups and downs I’ve experienced, they have been the best years of my life. We are all aware of the crazy weather lately. Instead of posting pictures of me enjoying the Southern Californian sun while making fun of all the people struggling with below freezing temperatures; I decided to address our own struggle. We are experiencing the worst drought in over a century with no end in sight. If you live in SoCal and love it like I do, there are some measures you can take to help conserve a soon to be luxury: WATER. Below are a few things I do to contribute to our crisis with hopes that I can inspire you to do the same:

1) Take faster showers. Save the singing for later; there’s a reason it’s called a shower and not a steam room 😉

2) Don’t flush the toilet every time. If you are like me and drink almost a gallon of water a day, you will go to the bathroom every ten minutes. Since your pee should be as clear as water, it is not a big deal/nor gross if you only flush once in a while. Also, if you wake up during the night to use the bathroom, wait until after you wake up to flash all your business down the toilet. Trust me, no one will notice the difference, except your water bill.

3) More hand washing, and less dishwasher. There’s a lot of water wasted when using the dishwasher. Therefore, don’t wait until the dishes pile up for you to run the dishwasher. By washing them as they come, you’ll save a lot of water and your kitchen sink will look even cleaner.

4) Dry brush. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth. You only need water before and after, only when you rinse your mouth.

5) Turn off your sprinklers. If you have a garden with sprinklers, start turning them off. You can only use them 3 or 4 days per week and your grass/plants will still be ok.

6) Fewer cars washes. I know you like your car nice and clean; however, your car can skip a wash once in a while. Also, when you do wash your car, I recommend an ecologic car wash where they use less or no water at all. (I know someone if you don’t). It’s good for the car and good for the environment.

7) Be considerate. Turn off the water if you see it running even when you’re in a public place. Constantly remember that you can make a difference. Before doing anything ask yourself, what if everyone is doing exactly the same thing that I’m doing? What would the world look like?

These are the things I do to help with the Southern Californian crisis hoping to inspire you to do your part. There’s nothing to be ashamed or grossed out about. What’s shameful is thinking that you, and your actions don’t matter. I’ll end this with one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

Thank you.