Drought? What drought? So Cal by watering ordinance

Posted on | May 12, 2009 | 2 Comments

The drought affects all of us, but the reactions to it by cities throughout Southern California could not be more different. A linked guide of how different cities and water districts from San Diego to Ventura are tackling it might exist somewhere else, but now it exists here. So far, kudos to Long Beach for having its head furthest out of the sand. For additions, please blog or e-mail me at emily.green [at] mac.com.

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2 Responses to “Drought? What drought? So Cal by watering ordinance”

  1. Adan Ortega
    May 12th, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Caution here…. there is a strong chance that the conservation some agencies currently claim credit for is actually driven by the down economy. By that standard agriculture in the Central Valley that has been cut-off from Central Valley federal project supplies because of ESA concerns are kings of conservation. As for urban areas, recent news articles have depicted a new service that will paint the dried-out lawns of abandoned homes. Health officials are also growingly concerned about unmaintained swimming pools that without replenishment make for suitable mosquito breeding areas, especially as they dry out and the puddles remain toward the bottom undisturbed by wind. Also, the steep downturn in manufacturing has the effect of reducing vast amounts of water use. A relevant question is what happens when the economy turns up again? Will water saving measures already be installed to eliminate waste?

  2. admin
    May 12th, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    Good question! We need an overarching domestic water policy that demands conservation and protects the public water supply and public health. What we are getting instead is a piece meal mess. Also, interestingly, the top concern on almost every city municipal website visited while assembling this list was Swine Flu, and not the thing that will certainly kill Californians this year because of overwatering, West Nile virus.

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