Friday, May 27, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
With records showing that the state of California is experiencing the worst drought in 1,200 years, even the Congressman Jared Huffman admits that “California is hurting”. The snow-covered peaks of Yosemite have very little snow on them, and even NASA believes California only has one year of water left. The scale of the situation is beginning to dawn on residents of the region.
To curb this, in 2014, the government recommended a range of short-term and long-term solutions including:
- watering lawns for only seven minutes on three days a week.
- using timed-sprinkler systems to avoid wasting water.
- washing vehicles and watering potted plants, gardens within certain time slots.
- not watering lawns or plants on rainy days.
While all these were supposed to help stretch the existing water supply, it doesn't seem to have done much. In June, the Governor pushed for a mandatory water ban punishable by fining for agencies that failed to make the reductions. Still with no end in sight, the congressman recently threw open a poll for people to suggest ways around the matter.
Pets at Risk
In June, veterinarians in California found that the drought is causing wild animals to seek water closer to homes. This endangers humans and pets alike; apart from humans getting bitten, pets can also contract rabies from wild animals. Rabies can be spread and transmitted via saliva from animal bites.
Vets prescribe getting your pet vaccinated as the only way to protect them and the entire community against rabies. Household pets are not the only animals affected by the drought; salmon spawning is also s The drought is also affecting salmon spawning and causing more incidences of gill rot disease.
Water Rationing Tips
Scientists blame climate change for the drought, but proffer few solutions. This has forced the district and its inhabitants to look for ways around it. All sorts of suggestions have been proposed and implemented. Some of them include:
- Installing water saving shower heads.
- Use the Eco setting on the washing machine.
- Not flushing the toilet more than needed.
- Taking shorter showers.
As Santee relies primarily on imported water, there is a further limit placed on how often lawns can be watered in the Padre region. Odd-numbered addresses are allowed to water their lawns on Sundays and Thursdays, while even-numbered addresses can only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
More Ways to Save Water
Other recommended 'drought-fighting' methods include:
- Planting drought resistant grass varieties like Agave, cactus, sagebrush, or a rock garden. Even Cher has had water resistant palm trees planted at her mansion.
- Coating brown lawns with a green aqueous polymer.
- The actor, William Shatner proposed building a pipeline to pipe in water from Seattle to California.
- San Diego County is undertaking a massive desalination project to transform 50 million gallons of seawater into drinking water daily.
However, not everyone is looking for altruistic ways of conserving water. A recent news report said the state of California is suing a well-known actor for 'stealing gallons of public water' to keep his ranch green.
What do you think of this? Stiffer penalties? Harsher fines? What do you think of the pipeline idea? Any ideas for how residents can cope with the drought?
Speak your mind. Even the Congressman is listening.