California Drought

A Community in California Unites to Conserve Water

June 24, 2015

“Now is the time for Water Conservation,” says the village manager from a spiritual community called Ananda, located in Northern Sierra Nevada foothils just outside of Nevada City.

The Ananda community of 800 acres of land consists of over 150 adults, some children, and some group housing, who all share well water.

The Ananda Water Department has been sending out monthly notifications to their community members with the amount of gallons per day (GPD) generally used in each household per member. Members were asked in 2013 to aim for 35-45 GPD (per person), and now a 25% reduction of water is being asked.

“We are happy to see that many in the community have taken the conservation effort to heart and have had extraordinary results,” says the head rep for Ananda’s Water Dept. “One person made a goal and has achieved it of reducing her water consumption to under 10 gallons per day!”

The Ananda community is setting an example for their surrounding neighbors that the system-wide 25% reduction goal is attainable. “We as a community can once again be an example of how working together towards a common good purpose brings success,” says rep.

Each month community members are given tips for how to continue conserving water in and outside of their homes.

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