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on May 26, 2014
While commendable, our efforts will have little impact. With agriculture using 93% of our water the 'pinch' needs to be felt by cotton, rice, and flood grown alfalfa growers to have any impact.
It is sad to read about orchard owners in the Central Valley struggling to keep their trees alive. Some, but not all, have adopted water conserving drip irrigation to reduce consumption. Unfortunately as long as water-wasting crops play a major role in California agriculture water will be in short supply in California
Please read the linked article before you comment.
We use drip irrigation for our front yard ( no lawn, just drought-resistant trees and shrubs), and for our vegetable garden.
We have seven people living in our 3bdrm, 2ba house, two of which are children under three years of age who stay home with their grandma.
However, the CPA utilities dept sends us rude letters that say we use far too much water, even though we have informed them of our household and lot sizes. This year they sent us a letter in April advising us that we should not even plant a vegetable garden this year, that nobody should.
All but two of us ( the babies) take all our showers at the gym, and do as little laundry and dish washing as possible-- to the point of using disposable plates and cutlery. We cannot possibly cut our water use any lower, unless we start drinking bottled water and eat all meals out ( neither practical or practicable).
Where doe CPAUD get off telling us to lower our water use? Where do they find comparable households that use less water ( they must make this stuff up)? And why do they keep sending these accusatory letters when we have thrice asked them to stop?
Recycling water is going to have to be part of the water problem in California regardless of the present drought.
Innovative ways for collecting and reusing water must be designed and readily available at reasonable costs.
On top of that, we have to start using scientific methods to treat waste water in such a way that gray water will be safe for almost all usages apart from drinking and food preparation.
At present it is very cumbersome to collect waste water around our home, the water in the shower before the right temp comes, handwashing/foodwashing, laundry and even rainwater collection can be difficult to collect and store. A system that does this with ease of use would make us all consider doing it more.
Is it time to start talking about population control? Or do we have to wait for another 1000 years and even less resources?
Doesn't less people mean more water, less carbon emissions etc. etc.
Birth control does have a failure rate--both of my children were conceived while my wife was using oral contraceptives. My nephew was conceived while his mother was using an IUD. I know of quite a few unplanned pregnancies occurring despite birth control.
The only sure-fire method is sterilization.
"It is sad to read about orchard owners in the Central Valley struggling to keep their trees alive. "
At Maybell, sits a historic orchard of 100 trees that have survived for decades, so established they no longer need water - apricots plus a dozen native hundreds-year-old oaks. It sits across from a park and near to a creek wildlife corridor between the foothills and the bay. City Council was so anxious to see it torn down, they committed a long list of serious transgressions (which we will no doubt see aired during the next election).
How to solve the problem of a few people's short-term interests working against the interests of the many and of the earth? In Paraguay or Uruguay, they have even written the rights of nature into the Constitution. Perhaps it's time we do the same, so that the rights of our future earth and its inhabitants will be represented, too.
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