California’s growing water scarcity problems continue to wreak havoc in the agricultural and urban sectors. When talk moves to water conservation, the focus is predominantly on the urban sector and it is tied to percentage use reductions. Gov. Schwarzenegger has mandated a 20% reduction in urban water used by 2020. Mayor Villaraigosa called for a voluntary 10% reduction in Los Angeles water use this spring and summer, and Angelenos have exceeded the modest goal by nearly 3%. The prohibition on watering landscaping five days a week has been a major contributor to the nearly 13% reduction in water use.
Despite these incremental moves in the right direction to get us to live within our water supply means, nothing short of a bold goal is needed to really move California.