Or do laundry.
Or flush the toilet.
Imagine a day without water.
With California now in its fourth year of a severe drought, Los Angeles Unified and city officials have joined together on educational initiatives encouraging water conservation and efficiency. The need to safeguard our natural resources was underscored Thursday during a press conference for “Imagine a Day Without Water,” a nationwide campaign to promote conservation efforts.
“We, as a city, are continuing to take action against wasting this precious resource during this historic drought,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “By educating our future water leaders of tomorrow, we are ensuring that each and every Angeleno is fully equipped with the necessary tools and information on how we can take advantage of El Niño and capture every drop.”
Garcetti also expressed his gratitude for the partnership with LAUSD in developing the “One Water LA” educational initiative and the “Save the Drop” outreach campaign.
One Water LA is a water sustainability curriculum that will be implemented this year in 14 middle and high schools. The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are funding the initiative.
The District’s participation in Save the Drop campaign has been led by the Sustainability Initiatives Unit. The program includes a contest aimed to conserve water and promote creative and innovative thinking about conservation and water resilience solutions.
“It is essential that we teach our students how to reduce water use at schools and at home,” said school board President Steve Zimmer. “Both programs will not only educate, but also build knowledge and skills to motivate and encourage a sense of responsibility to conserve natural resources and develop solutions for a sustainable future.”
Zimmer shared his vision of having LAUSD be the leader in environmental sustainable design and practices, with students transferring the knowledge to our communities and future generations.
The press conference was held at Helen Bernstein High, where students talked about their efforts to conserve water.
Sevak Malkhasyan said his family has installed low-flush toilets and high-efficiency washing machines, and he’s taking shorter showers. At school, athletic fields are going brown as irrigation has been reduced.
“Los Angeles, the message is very clear,” said Mariane Bangui, the student body president. “We cannot go a day without water.”
Written by Barbara Jones