With California citizens subject to stringent water use restrictions imposed by the State, people are speaking out.
A change.org petition was started by one Los Angeles resident to urge Governor Jerry Brown, members of the State Legislature, local mayors and directors to act in terms of implementing changes in technology to mitigate the drought, rather than forcing citizens to pick up the slack for years of deficient infrastructure.
The petition states: “We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough!”
It continues, stating the government officials have done nothing to prepare the state for water shortages and increases in population; the argument is made that the lack of rain is ‘irresponsible,’ calling the current water system old and incapable of sustaining growth.
The petitioners call for desalination technology, a waterpipe from Washington and Oregon to bring water from the Columbia River, and consultation with engineers who have worked to bring water to desert areas.
They also argue that the forced water-use restrictions will have environmental impacts as it relates to increases in pollution; the petition states that air quality and greenhouse gasses will contribute to man-made climate change and increased C02 levels.
They argue that there will be reduced production of California produce, causing damage to the agriculture industry and therefore forcing increases in food imports from overseas. The petition also states that gardens and trees will be destroyed as a result of restrictions and which will decrease property values and therefore tax revenue. Additionally, the petition states that reduced water usage could lead to bursts in dated pipes, contributing to more water waste.
The petition states that money is not an issue, arguing that certain projects, like the California High Speed Rail project, the expansion of entitlement programs, and high-salaried government agency employees are unnecessary, and could be better used to address solutions to the drought.
While many of these implications and claims are not necessarily backed by hard science, they certainly express the frustration that many California residents are experiencing with forced water-use cuts and overall lack of water in the State.
Click here for more information, or to sign the petition.