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California: Are You Ready for a Dry Future?

This grevillea, an Australian native, requires NO supplemental water. In fact, giving it water hurts it.

This grevillea, an Australian native, requires NO supplemental water. In fact, giving it water hurts it.

The California water crisis is nothing new! Check out my story from 7 years ago:

I’ll admit I’ve been critical of water-saving schemes that conspire to take away my daily baths while the powers-that-be concurrently approve plans for more, more and more new developments in the Southland.

But the situation facing us this summer is way beyond my little rants. We are in a terrific drought, and a state official says the water shortage is the worst he’s seen in 30 years.

Being blamed are outdated water delivery systems and water-diverting efforts to save endangered species. Those endangered species! They’re such whiners! (That’s a joke.)

So it looks likely that water rationing will be the new green this summer.

And I wonder: How will you deal with it? Which of these will you embrace?

• Adding flow restrictors to faucets and showers
• Getting rid of some lawn in favor of drought-resistant plants
• Adding a drip watering system to the garden
• Putting in a gray-water system
• Capturing rainwater (another joke, as there is virtually no summer rain here)

What else?


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