The district will enforce water reduction by imposing fines on local water districts.
It’s critical that water consumption decline, Dr. Essa Heggy, of the University of Southern California Water Center told KTLA.
Otherwise, “Our fate would be similar to many other places – like in South Africa, where people have taken very lightly the water conversation pressure until one day they open the faucet and there was no water.”
Nearly 80 percent of California’s water goes to its vital agriculture. Heggy said it’s more important to be sustaining the food supply “than just entertaining ourselves with the green backyard.”
California’s lawmakers have been closely looking at water usage and in typical California legislative fashion, want to permanently fix the effects of the current drought. The state Senate recently voted to lower daily water usage to 47 gallons by 2025 and 42 gallons by 2030.
KCRA reported that scientists say California’s up-and-down rain and snowfall (just a few years ago reservoirs were full to capacity) stems from climate change.
Historically, such climate change shows no evidence of being linked to contemporary human activity. The California Department of Water Resources says that in addition to the decade-plus droughts of the 1920s and 30s and the droughts of 1976-77, 1987-92, 2007-09, 2012-16, there is evidence of severe drought conditions going back a thousand years.