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Our View: Conserving a precious resource

Posted: February 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Pay attention, folks. This is getting serious.

Water, its availability, and its uses, have always been the No. 1 perennial issue in the Golden State.

Fish, farmers, residents and businesses continually argue over what the appropriate share for each should be.

The current drought is shifting the discussion from “How much?” to “If.”

We are currently in the most severe drought since the 1970s and one of the most severe in recorded history.

Concerned stakeholders at the state level are discussing and vetting the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Gov. Jerry Brown’s $687 million Drought Relief Package.

Local purveyors are working on conservation plans, usage restrictions, enforcement and penalty regulations to address anticipated future shortages.

It is not too complicated. We can see what is coming if there is no significant precipitation relief.

Rationing is in our future. When we run out of water, the consequences to everyday life in California will be dire.

It is not like the Fed — We can’t print more water like they can money.

A big part of the solution to our immediate problems lies with you, with all of us.

A significant part of our water usage is behavioral: How we use it, not just what we use it for.

You can use less water just by making an attempt at it.

Let’s do this individually and together. The gallon that we save today can be the gallon that is available in August or September or next year.

We realize that there are water wasters out there who don’t care, or are myopic, or just don’t want to conserve, but we can’t let them be the reason that we don’t actively participate in the solution to our water supply issues.

Each of us needs to join in contributing to the solution to this potentially catastrophic drought — beginning today.

 

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