Our View: Don’t wait for rainy days - start conserving now

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Our state's snowpack is 61 percent of normal for this time of year.
Auburn's rain totals are more than nine inches below normal.
And, not surprisingly, state officials are predicting another year of drought.
The bottom line - we need help from Mother Nature. While we are hoping and praying, we need to conserve, too.
So do a little rain dance if you're so inclined, but put in those low-flow showerheads as well.
Ironically, the Placer County Water Agency reports we're still in good shape regarding water resources. The Yuba and American rivers' snow surveys report 70 percent of normal. But common sense says it's never too early to start conserving.
Kudos must be paid to the local church community. Their leaders appear to see the problem clearly: If we don't start conserving now, we're going to be in more trouble later.
The Auburn Interfaith Earth Stewardship Conference got together recently to educate the community about water conservation and what it means to the foothills. This is an issue that all people can get behind, both secular and non-secular.
And the local churches have encouraged their large congregations to help spread this important message of conservation to the entire community.
So what can you do if your rain dance doesn't work? Here a few tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help you conserve around the house. 
- Don't pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.
- Check all plumbing for leaks. Have leaks repaired by a plumber.
- Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
- Consider purchasing a low-volume toilet that uses less than half the water of older models.
-  Install a toilet displacement device to cut down on the amount of water needed to flush. Place a one-gallon plastic jug of water into the tank to displace toilet flow.
-  Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
-  Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
-  Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the "light wash" feature, if available, to use less water.
-  Hand wash dishes by filling two containers - one with soapy water and the other with rinse water.
-  Operate automatic clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.
So look to the skies and plead to the heavens, but also take charge and do your part to help conserve our water. We are all in this together.