California, and many parts of the United States, are in an extreme drought. Some cities are handling water use well*: California’s water supply is 20% greater than it was during the drought in the 70’s. LADWP issued a postcard requiring residents to only water the lawn 3 days a week, and only for 8 minutes, and only mornings or evenings. However, it’s clear that many of my neighbors did not get this postcard or are simply ignoring it. The fact is, despite water restrictions, some cities in the driest parts of California are already running out of water*.
Learn about the drought, and how everyone can do their part to conserve water.
In a recent class I took on infographics, I chose the topic of the California drought, and what individuals can do to conserve water. The idea is that by bringing this reality home to individuals, and getting them to understand they need to take personal action, they will be more likely to support political actions aimed at more widespread water conservation and smart investment in the water infrastructure.
Investment in infrastructure, according to newly minted website WaterWorks.org can help us use water more efficiently, prevent losses from pipes breaking, and better measure our current use and locate leaks. According to a tweet from WaterWorks, their website launched just a week ago — interesting because today in Washington DC they held a press conference and a Congressional briefing promoting investment in water infratructure. There is opposition here and there to some of the proposed large infrastrucure projects. In the case of Dianne Feinstein’s proposed Delta Tunnel, opponents note that it’s unfairly benefitting big industrial concerns over smaller sustainable farms. Hopefully any water infrastructure investment will, in fact, be done wisely, and will not turn out to be yet another money grab by those in power. Water is, of course, life. We should be sure that we’re making sure everybody has enough.