“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
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
“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
“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
“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
From the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s
H2outlook blog, in a post by General Manager Jeffrey
“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:
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.”