Drought-Stricken California

As a California resident, I have seen these actions coming…in fact, they should have been implemented prior to this. Our lakes are shrinking. Our rivers are drying up. Central California’s farming belt is struggling to survive, and we provide much of the produce to the nation. Summer is coming with its wildfire dangers. I have evacuated my home in the past because one of these fires got too close; it’s a stressful time–what do you take, what will be left when you come back.

From ABC News:

Save water or face the consequences: That’s Rick Silva’s message to the Los Angeles communities he patrols.

Silva is a water cop, or more formally a water conservation supervisor with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

In the video above, ABC News followed Silva around recently to get a feel for what it’s like patrolling the community for water wasters.

“We want to get the idea [out there] that you don’t need a green lawn for your house to look good,” Silva said. “See this home here took out their lawn completely and put in decomposed granite.”

Californians have been facing more water restrictions since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water conservation measures April 1 because of the state’s severe drought.

For the first time in California’s history, measures were implemented across the state in an effort to cut back on water use by 25 percent.

Silva’s job is to patrol the neighborhood and make sure residents are only watering during the appropriate days and hours. He says he likes talking to people in person at their front door.

“I prefer for them to be home. I’d rather keep it conversational,” Silva said. “We find that’s very effective, no need to be confrontational.”

The first warning for a resident misusing water is verbal, Silva said. The second warning is a $100 fine, the third warning is a $200 fine and it continues from there.

“We try to educate people,” Silva said. “Some changes may seem small, like turning off the water when you brush your teeth, but when you get a million people doing that it makes a difference.”

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As a side note from me; I was stunned by some of the comments on the news report. Believe me, I understand that California is a Liberal bastion. Liberals have been in control of the State Senate continuously since 1956. However, there are many Republicans/Conservatives such as myself who live here. We have friends and family here. To hear people in the rest of the nation say they hope we have a massive earthquake and drop into the ocean, or that they are not going to share their water with us, etc, to me says much more about their hateful, selfish attitudes than it does Californians.