WATER SHORTAGE

Schwarzenegger proclaims that California is in a drought

Administration officials call the governor’s move a first step, intended to put Californians on notice that rationing could be coming if the situation does not improve.

By Evan Halper
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 5 2008

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought Wednesday, warning that California’s water supply is falling dangerously low because of below-average rainfall and court-ordered water restrictions aimed at protecting fish.

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  1. C. Aultman says:

    Frightening! How does this affect you when you probably need more water than the average home. I am in AZ and gradually adding more and more to my garden but an always afraid of restrictions on water.

  2. Di says:

    Whilst this is somewhat a turn in the right direction, the article sites cleaning cars and driveways as the first thing to stop. If they stopped people sprinkling lawns for 20 minutes a day think of the water we’d save STATEWIDE!!!

  3. Evelyn says:

    I live in Miami Florida and we have had water restrictions for quite a long time. These are the rules:
    In Miami-Dade County, residents with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. and / or 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Hand-watering with one hose and an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off. No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative fountains and water-based recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water slides). This the world that we live in. I know politics do not matter for a lot of people but sometimes we have to get involve.

  4. Anais says:

    Well, the very first experienced water shortage a 15 or so odd years ago forced Farmer D to kill the front lawn. He figured if they were going to restrict water use, he may as well do something about it. We actually watered the vegetables (corn, squash, beans) in the front yard using 5 gal buckets of used bathing “grey”water (of course we didn’t water leafy green crops)

    After 20 years of heavy mulching we have increased our soil’s fertilty and moisture holding capabilities. Also, with clay pot irrigation method and other conservation practices (out door shower, rainwater harvesting, etc) we hope we can cut back on our water useage.

  5. Stuart says:

    Droplet streams or low velocity droplet swarms are just as effective as solid water streams emmitting from a faucet or showerhead to acheive a given task. A new innovation exists that uses repelling magnetic thrust bearings to transform a small trickle stream into a droplet swarm. If consumers learn about and adopt such water saving devices, we won’t need to resort to recycling sewage water as some have suggested. http://www.bigdropletscattering.com has some video clips of these devices in action.

  6. Krystelle Ellaby says:

    I live in Australia, where we are on perpetual water restrictions. We are not allowed to use hoses at all, bucket watering only early in the morning and late at night, you are not allowed to wash your car, driveway or patio, etc. It is recommended that showers be limited to 4 minutes, and any household using more than 140 litres (37 gallons) of water per person per day, needs to account for this excess. At first, I thought that 140 Litres was a lot until I realised that one load of washing can use 160 litres! (Ours uses half that and we use the water more than once, by catching it in a huge bucket and syphoning it all back in for the next load. Start with hardly dirty clothes, working your way to more dirty work clothes 😉 no one will notice)
    We have had a “drought” since the late 90s, (I’m inclined to think that “drought” is actually the way our weather will be from now on). Unfortunately, it seems that the first people to be restricted are home owners and the last large businesses. The first restrictions to be lifted when there is a bit of water in the reserves are those on businesses.
    I feel strongly that businesses should be held to account for their water usage and that the businesses that don’t harvest rainwater, or treat and reuse/recycle their own water should be penalised.
    For example, most houses in my area have water tanks and many have grey water recycling systems, to flush toilets, wash clothes and irrigate gardens. None of the huge commercial buildings (think shopping malls and office complexes) in my area have any of these. They even use precious town drinking water to irrigate their useless ornamental gardens. (This is the waste that irritates me most, since inevitably, the gardens are expanses of lush lawn and exotic species. I long to dig up their pretty landscaping and plant some indigenous species, interplanted with useful food crops, sigh.)

    Is the situation similar in America?

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