As California began to feel the worsening effects of this summers drought, Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20% cutback on overall water use among resident. Unfortunately, residents are failing to act accordingly. In a recently updated report of statewide water use, not only has consumption failed to fall, but also residents are actually using 1% more then last month.
This alarming data comes on the heels of the data released last month that showed only a 5% drop in use. Compared to the new data, those look more and more favorable. This is leaving state officials stammering to find means to get residents on board with conservation efforts. The study has pointed towards two geographical areas as the worst offenders: coastal communities in Southern California and communities in the northeastern corner of the state. A $500-a-day penalty implemented last month for people using excess water for things like landscaping, car washing, and fountains is failing to inspire conservation.
Felicia Marcus, Chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, recently commented on the ongoing failure to conserve water, saying, “Not everybody in California understands how bad this drought is … and how bad it could be. There are communities in danger of running out of water all over the state.” The board is currently looking into imposing stricter usage rules, including requiring water districts to repair leaks and working with local agencies to increase rates to heavy users.
While this blog usually cover topics relating to recycling and waste management, we felt it was necessary share this information with our readers. We implore everyone to remember that just because you can turn on the faucet and see water come out, doesn’t mean the drought is not affecting you. Please think twice to analyze your water use and look for ways you can cut down.