“The current California drought is about to make believers of just about everybody, not least of all carwash operators, who are urgently trying to figure out how they can control their water use — in ways ranging from recycling to reinventing what a carwash is.”
From The New York Times, in a commentary by Mark Bittman:
“The San Joaquin Valley in California can be stunningly beautiful: On a visit two weeks ago, I saw billions of pink almond blossoms peaking, with the Sierra Nevada towering over all. …
“This year, much of its land is a dull, dusty brown rather than the bright green that’s ‘normal’ here, even if ‘normal’ is more desire than reality. With water, this is the best agricultural land in the world.
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:
“California can withstand this drought—and the arid days ahead brought on by climate change—if it expands water saving measures. These solutions are already benefiting the state. Los Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1970 despite adding 1 million people.
“Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will help California flourish in a drier future.
“As during most droughts, discussions of how to allocate dwindling water supplies have intensified across California. One stirring piece of the debate has pivoted around using water to produce food that is exported outside of California. ‘Why should homeowners stop watering their lawns when farmers are using far larger amounts of precious water to grow alfalfa for China,’ the argument goes.
“The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is in a much better position than most other California water agencies as the state stares down its first full year of drought: Its Hetch Hetchy Reservoir remains 51 percent full, and its customers use far less water than most others.
“But if the bone-dry conditions persist, it won’t be.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Jim Lichatowich:
“In the water crisis that Californians now face, state leaders are necessarily focused on relieving the immediate effects of the drought on citizens. But the salmon and the commercial and sport fishermen who depend on them must be part of the short-term remedial steps.”
From the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s H2outlook blog, in a post by General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:
“The year 1976 was the fourth-driest (for the record books then) in California history. Then came 1977, the driest ever to date. The sparse rains in the spring of 1977 set the stage for a parched summer and the possibility of some severe shortages in Northern California.
“The dry cycle of 2013 and 2014 at the moment is on pace to be drier than the 1976-77 drought.
From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:
“As the unprecedented drought continues in California, a number of the state’s coastal rivers and streams are in danger of reaching critically low stages later this summer, threatening rural drinking water supplies.
“President Barack Obama’s lead adviser on water and wildlife toured the enormous south Delta export pumps Tuesday, examining the roaring, 22,500-horsepower pumps before cautioning that no one would receive all the water they need this year.
“U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told reporters that state and federal governments will have to be flexible to make the best use of a limited amount of water.”