The current water crisis in California did not come on suddenly and without warning. It’s been building for many years. And by building, I mean building. Did you see these stories a few years ago in the L.A. Times?
May 14, 2008: L.A. prepares massive water-conservation plan
I’m all for conservation. Really, I am. But what’s the real point? Those 70,000 people who would move into a proposed city-sprawl would need some water, and guess who’s going to sacrifice for them? Tag, you’re it.
The new water-conservation plan calls for fines for watering lawns and washing down sidewalks. And it calls for sending treated wastewater back into the aquifer.
My favorite idea is rewarding homeowners who put in permeable driveways that allow rainwater to percolate down into the aquifer rather than running off into the gutter. We don’t yet have a “subway to the sea,” but we certainly know how to send our rainwater that way.
L.A. Times readers have even more ideas on how to save water:
— We should all stop eating meat, one reader wrote, as the monumental amount water needed to produce beef is the real culprit. (Another reader said we’d all start eating our pets if the meat was cut off. Uh. no.)
— Control population, another wrote, and heavily tax people who have more than two kids.
— “I’ll just dig up my lawn,” another reader wrote. “It is not worth all of this.”
What do you think?