With California's drought un full-swing, water restrictions have been put into place. How does this affect Californian's and how can you help?

    Published: June 19, 2015

    California Enacts Sweeping Water Restrictions

    Amid its worst drought in decades, California has enacted new rules aimed at cutting 36 percent of community water usage. Drawn up in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s statewide mandate, the regulations have been called an “unprecedented action,” after voluntary cutbacks in 2014 did little to reduce residential usage.

    According to a new survey, state agencies saw just a 9 percent decline in water usage over the past eleven months. What’s more, officials sent only a few hundred notices to water wasters out of tens of thousands of overall complaints.

    While controversial, these new mandates have become necessary in the eyes of many experts, who blame community apathy for continuing water waste. Approximately 50 percent of residential water usage occurs outside the home, prompting many to ask for imposed bans on thirsty, non-native landscaping.

    Until then, residents will face substantial fines for wasting water. While community leaders haven’t yet established hard guidelines for fining offenders, Governor Brown said he would push for fines of up to $10,000 if approved by the California legislature.

    California Not Alone

    While California’s drought has garnered the majority of media attention, it isn’t the only state to experience diminishing water supplies. Fortunately, if you live in a community struggling against drought, you can substantially decrease your water consumption by switching from a salt-based water softener to a water softener alternative with salt free technology.

    On average salt-based softening devices waste about 7,800 gallons every year. On the other hand, modern units, such as Pelican’s NaturSoft® systems, waste no water. They also provide eco-friendly advantages over salt-based softeners, which harm surrounding ecosystems by dumping salty brine back into the environment.

    As they struggle against widespread water shortages, countless Americans are presented with the perfect opportunity to make an important change. By switching from antiquated salt-based softeners to modern water softener alternative with salt free technology models, they can reap financial benefits, while helping the environment and their local communities.