For the publisher: Thank you for your continued coverage of the current drought in California. It is not surprising that we have barely reduced our water consumption; common sense mandatory water restrictions enacted by the government of the day. Jerry Brown in 2015 should never have been repealed.
A historic rainfall total in early 2017 mistakenly gave people the impression that the drought was over. In reality, Southern California is a dry environment sensitive to drought conditions.
Instead of removing water restrictions, we should have focused on conserving our most precious natural resource. Many of us take readily available water for granted – instead of cherishing it as a vital resource, we waste it daily on watering sidewalks, washing driveways and cleaning our vehicles.
Efforts to increase water conservation must be stepped up exponentially to avert disaster. The current situation is not tenable. Water is life.
Jason Y. Calizar, Torrance
For the publisher: Therefore, voluntary reduction of water does not work. How is this a surprise? People are creatures of habit. Water is a basic necessity. Don’t expect the 40 million Californians to change their ways.
Want to take water conservation seriously?
First, stop watering golf courses. Sorry golfers, we need this water for our food.
Second, stop all ornamental water displays. Turn off waterfalls and fountains in front of hotels, condos and malls.
Third, build solar panels above the aqueducts. Shade the water to reduce evaporation while generating electricity and reducing the need for giant solar farms that destroy deserts.
Bob Rufer, the tree of Joshua
For the publisher: Those of us who have done our part are fed up.
My lawn is gone and only the drought tolerant natives live in our garden. On the other hand, dozens of very green golf courses, several water parks and countless private swimming pools that are not very frequented dot our neighborhood.
It’s time to make big cats pay the price for recreational water use. Commercial use of water for profit, especially recreation such as golf and water parks, should be priced at high rates that better motivate conservation. Private swimming pools should no longer be allowed, except for those serving multiple households.
The average homeowner has already cut spending considerably, so the governor must now focus on the businesses and playgrounds of the rich.
Mike Post, Winnetka
For the publisher: Why has water consumption not declined in Los Angeles County? Maybe it’s because our politicians and their developer friends are pretending there is no water problem.
Governor Gavin Newsom says we need more housing. In Los Angeles; massive residential buildings are under construction. I guess water scarcity is our problem, not the builders and politicians’ problem.
They need to clarify their story.
Karla Klarin, Santa Monica