Drought and “Social Engineering”

3 thoughts on “Drought and “Social Engineering””

  1. Reminds me of that famous ’70s California catchphrase: if it’s brown, flush it down, if it’s yellow, let it mellow.

    I was wondering where that bizarre court case came from. Of course, California water usage and rights, especially for agriculture, has been irrational for decades. Growing low value water thirsty crops like Alfalfa in a desert? Sure, why not.

    Of course, as agriculture are the bulk users, ultimately conservation will have to come from there But probably only after being forced to pay something closer to the real cost of delivery.

  2. Your friend was right. Each of us is responsible. (Except, apparently, in San Juan Capistrano.) JUST got the water-saving shower head? Hmmm. Another way to save mucho water on showers is to turn the water down to a dribble while you’re shampooing your hair, soaping up, shaving, just using it for wetting down and rinsing. You can run the water for about a minute total if you care enough. We all want to luxuriate in the water that isn’t there, though.

  3. With you 100%. I made all those water saving mods to my house a couple years ago. I’m sympathetic to libertarians, but if there’s anything that government needs to strictly regulate (and incentivize), it’s California’s water supply.

    One quibble with your article though: with the notable exception of the far southeastern part of the state (e.g. Palm Springs), California is most definitely not a desert. Instead, it has a classic Mediterranean climate: http://www.mednscience.org/mediterranean_ecosystem.

    Speaking of which, large populations have flourished in this dry-ish climate around the Mediterranean for millennia. How do they do it? Well, they sure as hell don’t have lawns in traffic medians with sprinklers watering the sidewalk in the middle of the day! Cities are naturally located near rivers and/or have intricate aqueduct systems. Everything really is drought tolerant by default – the landscaping, the cuisine, the crops that are planted, etc. That’s California’s future.

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