The Waterboy Blog

During California’s record-breaking drought, a rare bright spot is the water recycling innovations initiated by the Orange Country Water District (OCWD). According to OCWD Board President Shawn Dewane, speaking on December 1 on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water broadcast at VoiceAmerica.com, OCWD is...

Many Americans do not realize that recycling is a business with very slim margins. When they fill up their large recycling bins, that trash goes to a private recycler that sorts the materials and then attempts to sell at a profit. In recent years, as more...

Don’t be surprised if your efforts to cut back on your water usage are rewarded with a higher water bill.  What?  Yep, that’s right.  The Associated Press reported that “millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding...

Don’t over-water your landscaping. Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late at night in order to allow the best chance of absorption instead of evaporation. Adjust sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street. Don’t water on cool,...

Kitchen: Upgrade your dishwasher; the average dishwasher uses 9.3 gallons a load, but that high-efficiency models use only 5 to 7 gallons a load. Run your dishwasher only when full. Pre-rinse dishwasher loads in a bowl instead of under a tap; this will save you...

This winter in Southern California has been one of the wettest in recent memory, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! After suffering years of crippling drought, Southern Californians are seeing streams burst to life and wildflowers blooming in once-barren dessert landscapes. In...

In 1991, the San Diego region was 95% reliant on a single supplier of imported water — the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). This made the region extremely vulnerable to water supply shortages. That year, an ongoing drought forced MWD to cut deliveries...

Wonder why your baby’s skin is dry,  cut back the bath time and make sure you are using water that is clean and pure. Bathing dries a child’s skin because it removes the skin’s natural oils along with the dirt. But as long as you take...

In Southern California, our homes are as unique as us. Some of us love living in cozy beach bungalows, while others need a few more rooms (and bathrooms) for our kids. Others are living the California dream, complete with huge, beautiful house with all the...

Hard water is not considered harmful to your health, but it can leave what is referred to as “scale.” Scale starts by appearing chalky, but it eventually builds up to form a hard layer of minerals. Scale develops when the minerals (such as calcium and magnesium)...