This week, we’re going to take a break from our usual water-saving tips and tricks in favor of spotlighting a local organization that’s making big strides in encouraging Angelenos to save water in the midst of this drought. Never fear, we’ll be back to our usual advice-giving next week, but in the meanwhile, you should check out the Central Basin website, which is a fantastic hub of drought and conservation-related news, tips, and a catalog of upcoming events. When’s the last time you seriously considered shutting your tap? In other words, have you taken the time to sit down and really evaluate how much water spurts out your showerhead, your sprinklers, your hose, and your sink?

If you did, you’d come to realize that most households using about 400 gallons of water per day!

In a drought, Shut Your Tap is all about bringing that number much lower by identifying the biggest water users, and simple changes that people in Southeast Los Angeles can make to save water. Of course, these changes aren’t only for during the drought – these are long-term solutions to make water in Southern California more sustainable.

For example, the central basin website has a fantastic interactive map that breaks down water saving tips, room by room, so that you can conserve through your whole house. And once you’ve implemented these changes in your own home you can get free printable materials, or even arrange a speaker presentation to share this advice with your community.

We know you’re already itching to see what else the Central Basin website has to offer, so let’s simply end on one more thought: each drop of water saved will add up, so whether you’re looking to make the change alone, for your whole family, or if you’re trying to implement a community-wide lifestyle change, everything starts with you. Luckily, you’re not in it alone, as The Longest Straw and the Central Basin Municipal Water District are both here with you – now go out and save!