But as things are with the water condition of California, I could not help but ponder on how long I will be enjoying this basic comfort of life.
California’ Drought Monitor reports that “drought has covered nearly 99.8 percent of California “and has been classified as “severe on a five-level scale” which makes me wonder seriously how far worse the situation could go.
Drought conditions may have leveled off across California with close to 100 percent of the state still remaining in the third harshest category of dryness, according to the latest measurements. Nature has been kinder to us for the two weeks with the drought condition remaining the same stalling the march to the worse condition.
In the meantime, close to 82 percent of Californians continue to suffer “extreme drought where more than half of the State is under the driest exceptional drought category”.
Conserving whatever remains of the valuable commodity has generated various measures from government agencies that demand discipline and sacrifice from the citizens.
With alarming images emerging from California drought, cities across the State has started enforcing fines more vigorously for cases of “over-watering” and even attending a one-time classes, instead of paying fees, for non-compliance with directives.
With the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown has declared a Drought State of Emergency and directed state officials “to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages”. The State has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.
Among the measures undertaken include and emergency regulation that prohibits the use of drinking water for outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff; the use of a hose without a shut-off nozzle to dispense drinking water to wash a motor vehicle; the application of drinking water to driveways and sidewalks; and the use of drinking water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a re-circulating system.
The regulation also limits outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscape or turf with drinking water to no more than two days per week with violations of the prohibited actions meting a fine of up to $500 for each day the violation occurs.
Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste and “take all feasible steps to reduce water use, including curbing outdoor water use, during the drought crisis.”