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We all need water, from microbes to sagebrush to people, but in our area it is in short supply. Importing water becomes more difficult and expensive each year, so conservation measures are of paramount importance.

The Water Action Group is working to help Claremont meet its goal of an 80% reduction in the use of imported water by 2017.

Ambitious, yes, but we can do it if we:

  • advertise simple measures which can immediately reduce water consumption by 15%
  • promote conservation through education and voluntary actions by businesses and residents
  • advocate aggressive programs for water conservation assistance from Golden State Water
  • assist the City in producing a water conservation ordinance
  • investigate methods of providing recycled water for use in Claremont
  • seek ways to clean up local contaminated wells and return them to use
  • advocate and develop methods for recapturing more local storm water for irrigation and recharging the groundwater basins.
  • work with other Action Groups on projects such as reducing landscape water use
One way to reduce water use is to reuse water from sinks, showers, and washing machines to irrigate the landscape. Before deciding to pursue this, look at the City rules about using 'greywater' (pdf, 145KB) and at sources which provide information about techniques and supplies, such as
Current Project: The Water Action Group is working with the Colleges on their plans to use recycled water for landscaping.
Publications: Claremont's Water Future (PDF, 135MB)
Questions or ideas? Contact us!

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

Loren Eiseley