It was good to get a few decent monsoon rain storms in the Valley this year, but that does not erase the fact that this has been one of the hottest summers on record. All across the West, it’s the same story. The drought shows no signs of subsiding. The Colorado River supplies water to tens of millions of people in the Southwest; it sustains a large portion of the nation’s food supply, and it draws tourists from every corner of the earth to sustain our economy. It is also shrinking. The river cannot sustain the growing population that depends on it over the long haul, unless we do something.
We can all do our part by getting behind the new 90 by 20 campaign. It’s a simple and achievable challenge for residential water users to take steps to use less water. Right now, we use an average of 130 gallons of water per day, inside and outside. The 90 by 20 campaign sets a goal of reducing that average to 90 gallons by 2020.
We can do this. Water is precious, and more valuable to our economy than oil. We should treat it like the commodity it is. I encourage you to go to 90by20.com to learn how you can do your part.