Southern California is a harsh environment, often hidden from plain view by lush green palm tree gardens and a long coastline that diverts the eye from seeing that it is in fact, a desert. Southern California, in most part, gets its water from the northern part of the state, yet most of its residents live in the southern part. This means the distribution of water and its allocation to communities becomes a matter of distribution governed by law.
Ms. Harder explains, “The California Constitution says we must maximize scarce water resources and that water allocation requires balancing — environmental, economic, social, technical. The law that we find in the constitution, in our water code, in the court cases that deal with water, they provide all the tools that we need from a legal perspective to accomplish the balancing. The law requires balancing, … and when water allocation is out of balance, this is usually attributable to the combined influence of our political system, the structure of our government institutions, funding issues and, ultimately, human behavior.”
In reference to the latter, this can include outdoor water use, swimming pool use, fountains, lawn and garden watering systems and simple in-home use. Consider the amount of water it takes to do laundry, wash dishes, take showers and baths and simply to drink and cook with for families. Where a household may include children, grandparents, even guests that stay in the home – regular water use indoors and outdoors can be costly, and that’s just when all services are running without leaks.
Climate change, increased housing development and business all take their toll on the available water supply for Californians. This can cause an increase in residential distribution due to a decrease in availability. Less available water and more demand, combined with un-editable weather patterns during hot summers and long dry seasons can lead to situations like the 2012 drought that plagued the Southern California region. It simply comes down to this – there isn’t always enough to go around. To help stop minimizing the available water supply for residents – it is important residents do not waste the available supply. This can be done with proper leak detections and often, minimal repair costs.
When residents see a small increase in their water bill, it often goes unnoticed. It’s when puddles show, or bills spike by hundreds of dollars that they see the red flags. It’s important to be diligent when reviewing expenses, and to note when increased water was used. If a homeowner hasn’t changed their water use habits, but sees a billing increase, it’s time to call a professional leak detection service provider.