“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Einstein did not say it, but whoever did could have been describing California’s approach to water. Water conservation should always be a vital part of our lives, but it will not be a viable effort if there is no water to conserve.
The western and southwestern United States will be experiencing a cyclical mega drought over the next fifty years. There is scientific evidence of this. California has not only failed to maintain current water retention infrastructure, but has not invested in any new infrastructure since the state’s population has doubled.
Further investments in desalinization facilities along the coast is also an essential part of securing the water needs of the state. The high speed rail envisioned by the Governor, if actually funded and completed, may pass through a dust bowl between population centers that may be drastically changed without embracing the need to conserve water resources by the construction of on stream and above and below ground storage.
Establishing water efficiencies is a positive step, but will the future demand “water police” to ensure enforcement? Californians, and other western states, need to be aware of the challenges the near future holds regarding the availability of water and demand of those who govern and represent them that they plan for and construct essential storage facilities before it is too late to do so.
For full text of the water bills signed May 31, visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.