“When residents at Regency Villas in University City got a peek of the condo complex’s drought-resistant landscaping during a clubhouse reception last week, it was a watershed moment, said community association manager Pamela Walker.
“The association had pulled out an old spa, some outdated irrigation equipment and a hodgepodge of thirsty plants.
“Recent rains have provided plenty of moisture to keep grass happy for several weeks, according to state water experts. Yet it hasn’t rained nearly enough to end the drought, meaning every drop saved now will mean there’s more water available later, when the rainy season ends.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Dinah Hatton:
“If you’re a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term ‘chamber pot’ was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials ’slop jars’ or just ‘the pot.’ …
“My family’s lack of an indoor toilet was not because of finances.”
“Conservation efforts in the City of Sacramento saved 200-million gallons of water last month but Sacramentans failed to meet the City’s 20-percent water-conservation target for the month of February.”
“Like most Californians, we’re no slouches when it comes to saving water. We turn off the tap when we brush our teeth; run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; and we can’t remember the last time we washed our car.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Cynthia Koehler and Audrey Finci:
“‘Can Anybody Save California?’ That was the headline of a Politico story earlier this month about our state’s water crisis. Predictions of apocalypse are not uncommon when it comes to water in the West, and yet buried in the same story was a major part of the answer; notwithstanding an additional 4 million residents, demand for water in Southern California has not risen since 1990 – due largely to conservation measures.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Scott Martelle:
“In these days of drought, Californians have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to have water supplies run low — particularly those facing the very real prospect of running out of water entirely. But a new study by Indiana University professor Shahzeen Z.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland:
“Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy. Water is essentially liquid energy. We don’t think about it that way. But every drop must be moved, treated and heated. Each step takes energy.”
“As the state’s drought deepens, Stanford University’s water conservation efforts and strategies for expanding water resources for the future could serve as a helpful model for the rest of the state, a panel of Stanford experts said at a public forum on Tuesday night.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog, in a post by Carla Marinucci:
“[Gov. Jerry] Brown was asked at a San Francisco press conference about the bridge and other issues, including the drought, when he’ll declare for re-election and whether indicted state Sen. Ron Calderon should resign.”
“Declaring that California’s historic drought is worsening, leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest drinking water provider on Tuesday will consider asking the public for a 20 percent reduction in water use, double what the agency first requested last month.“
“The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. …
“Some cities are rationing supplies and banning outdoor watering.
“For home builders and construction companies, the lack of rain has allowed them to get their jobs done without any weather-related delays. Yet, they said the drought is changing the future of home building as companies are preparing for what they call ‘a major pressure’ for houses that feature water-saving designs and devices.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Stephanie Pincetl and Terri Hogue:
“Los Angeles uses less water per capita than any other U.S. city with more than 1 million people: about 123 gallons per person per day. Although the city is setting an example for the rest of the state, it can do much more.”