California's serious water conservation

Submitted by ub on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 19:00

Los Angeles residents are being told to decrease water consumption by 20 percent over the next 3 years. This is a serious warning and the official response to a dangerous drought.

LA Mayor ordered departments to dramatically cut the amount of water used by replacing lawns and other city landscaping, including street medians, with less thirty plants.

Angelinos were told that they cannot longer afford the water policies of the past. They are now being told to conserve, recycle and rethink how water is consumed to make sure that we have enough water to keep L.A. growing.

The mayor also directed that the city's Department of Water and Power reduce its purchases of costlier imported water by 50% by the year 2024.

There were no new mandatory restrictions announced for residents yet. But Eric Garcetti wants voluntarily reductions of outdoor watering decreased to twice a week. DWP is offering rebates to install landscaping that is drought-resistant, and folks are being asked to install efficient plumbing appliances and fixtures.

The mayor warns that if water reduction efforts are not met, then residential restrictions will be mandated, including watering and washing cars.

Meanwhile, some longtime California residents have privately expressed their serious concern to City Images, while we observed other locals watering their lawns and washing their vehicles as if this was not yet an emergency situation.

This is the third consecutive year that a California drought has reached record-breaking levels of dryness, with more than half of the state under the most severe level of drought. In some of the hardest hit communities, taps have run completely dry, leaving hundreds of households with no access to running water.

197 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become