California Drought: 'Water Reduction' Mandate Even Threatens Showers?

Antonio J. Newell

In the midst of California's drought, the state is looking extra dry right about now. Recently, a statewide-mandate has been placed on water usage.

In latest news, the mandate put in place by California's governor, Jerry Brown, sets up an effective way to reserve the little water remaining. However, one of the key entities targeted are residences.

While California's water supply is at record lows, Brown proposes that it's the residential areas who most-affect consumption. Likewise, this drought plan acts to minimize water usage even down to household showers.

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"Most Californians don't realize that fully half of all water use in the state's cities and suburbs goes to landscaping, and in many of the hotter, inland communities, such as Bakersfield or Palm Springs, that share is even higher. This has happened because Californians have been accustomed to landscaping with thirsty plants like lawns that are better suited for regions where it rains in the summer."

Hanak goes on to confirm how greatly the snow impacts California water supplies.

"When California Governor Jerry Brown announced a sweeping set of policies to address a fourth year of severe drought, he stood on a bare mountain meadow that most years would have been covered in five feet of snow. But the dry winter, combined with record heat, means the state has almost no snow in reserve. No snow in April is a big deal for California."

Many Californians state that the residents aren't the cause of the problem. They believe that water bottling companies are to blame for their daily water consumptions. And in that, many question why the governor doesn't place restrictions on their operations, instead of limiting California residents' uses. What do you think?

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