Drought-Stricken California to Ration Water

Sometimes I think Mike Adams tends to promote fear-porn. Not here.

My late husband Jeff Joel came to me early this past summer in a dream; told me, in a slow, sonorous tone: “There will be migrations.” “Yes, I countered, impatiently, “it’s already happening in the world.”

No. He responded, “In the U.S.”

His “no” did not mean it wasn’t happening elsewhere, but that it will be happening here, at home, where you and I, the supposedly “exceptional” people, live.

I’ve long been aware that the arid west depends upon stored water from aquifers. Perhaps my childhood in southern Idaho — in the “Magic Valley” transformed from sagebrush desert to irrigated potato and sugar beet fields — prepared me for the idea that the land that we live on we humans are continually, through technology, transforming. What I had not been prepared to understand, was how a single change can, and does, ripple through all dimensions. That learning took decades.

So, here. What effect will migrations out of California, our original “land of opportunity” do to our national psyche, not to mention our society and culture, our way of life, our economy, our instinct for survival? Will we push away refuges? Or will we welcome them. Only some of them? Then who? How do we work with the fact that the new normal is constant, often drastic change — and that means constant undermining of what we hope to take for granted. How do we remain in equanimity when the ground is being taken out from under us? When the water is either flooding or depriving us. When soil, water and air are polluted from man-made poisons? When fire consumes and destroys that which we treasure as “ours”?

More and more I realize, besides returning to local production of food, we must cultivate daily spiritual practices as essential training for continuous adaptation to what is and is becoming. That, and “getting to know your neighbors.” Really know them. Who are they? What are their stories? “Where are they coming from?” We must re-learn, indeed re-member — put ourselves back together again — by listening to one another, hearing each other’ stories. For this is the foundation for learning how to trust and depend on each other. Otherwise, we turn hateful and scared. Otherwise, we magnify hell on earth.

Let’s face it. Those of us who have been testing the winds knew that only when “things got really bad” would the vast majority wake up. Well, we’re here now. The emergency/emergence has begun. Let’s take our rightful places as pioneers who, by surrendering to what is, move into equanimity, the still center point within which we radiate a transformed future.


Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500

September 29, 2014

by Mike Adams

naturalnews, via Lance
Millions of Americans are about to be hit with strict water rationing — daily “allocation” numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you’re allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation.

“In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers to all local water agencies to fine $500 per violation,” reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. [1]

Keep in mind that these are only “stage one” emergency regulations. Stages two and three have yet to be invoked and will only become more severe.

The amount of water each household is allowed by water districts will be determined by government employees viewing satellite imagery of private properties, then calculating how much water that property should be allowed to use.

“Using census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, an agency can determine a property’s efficient water usage,” says the SGVT.

50 gallons per person, per day

In some districts, water rationing allocation is also based on the number of persons who are known to be living at each address based on U.S. Census data. The Irvine Ranch Water District allows 50 gallons of “indoor” water consumption per person in the home. As explained on the IRWD website: [3]

The indoor water allocation is 50 gallons per person per day and depends upon the number of residents in a home. Water allocated for landscape irrigation depends upon the type of home.

As the IRWD website explains, those water consumers who the government deems to be “wasteful” will be charged 160% or higher rates for water consumption. This is on top of the $500 fines for each violation, as has now been approved by the state.

The 50 gallons per person per day is the maximum allocated amount for all indoor water use, including laundry, showering, toilet flushing, drinking, washing dishes and hand washing for hygienic purposes.

According to the EPA, the average U.S. citizen currently uses 100 gallons per day, with 70 of those gallons consumed indoors. [4] The largest users of indoor water are toilets, showers and clothes washers.

Not yet called “rationing” because the word isn’t socially acceptable

Interestingly, the water rationing that’s about to be enforced in California isn’t being called rationing. Instead, California’s doublespeak wordsmiths have decided to call it an “allocation-based rate structure” (which simply means that after you hit your ration limit, you are harshly penalized for any additional consumption).

In explaining why California citizens will be heavily penalized with fines if they exceed theirwater rationing allocation, all sorts of elaborate doublespeak terms are now being used such as “strong price signals” and “conservation response.”

Here’s how the IRWD explains water rationing to its customers without using the term “rationing“:

Allocation-based rate structures are the foundation of IRWD’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan. This rate structure allows IRWD to quickly respond to limited supplies through strong price signals, which result in the greatest conservation response from our customers.

Translation: If we aggressively penalize people for exceeding their water allocation, they will seek to stay within the limits for the same reason that people try to avoid speeding tickets — nobody wants to pay the fines!

Landscape watering limited to two days a week

Some California water districts are also enforcing unprecedented restrictions on water use for “outdoor watering” applications.

The Irvine Ranch Water District, for example, has publicly announced its intention to “…implement mandatory outdoor water use restrictions that restrict outdoor watering to two days a week.” [2]

California homeowners being paid big bucks to remove grass in “Remove Green. Receive Green” program

The California drought is so bad that some California homeowners are even being paid cash to remove their lawns.

The IRWD Turf Removal Program advertises the slogan “Remove Green. Receive Green” and explains there is no limit to the amount of money a person can be paid under the program. [5]

What’s interesting about this Turf Removal Program is that it essentially pays people to restore their yards to the way they should have been constructed in the first place. Green lawns in desert regions are one of the most idiotic things modern humans have ever come up with, with green golf courses in desert regions taking the top prize for sheer environmental stupidity.

Where it’s all headed

Water conservation efforts are greatly needed in California and should be applauded. On the other hand, they only postpone the inevitable — a mass migration out of the American southwest as the water runs out across entire regions.

Tearing up your front lawn and replacing it with agave and desert spoon plants doesn’t nullify the fact that much of California is wildly overpopulated to the point of long-term non-sustainability. Even if each person in the state were restricted to just 25 gallons a day, the water would keep dropping in Lake Mead (which is already perilously close to outflow restrictions that will impact California and Arizona).

The only way the current population of Californians can live in harmony with the regional water resources is if most of the people stop taking showers, stop flushing toilets and stop doing laundry. Unfortunately, this practice is currently limited only to a few UCLA campus frat houses and hasn’t yet caught on with the rest of the citizenry.

Crop yields already in a state of collapse

Honestly stated, the modern-day lifestyle that many people equate with California living simply isn’t sustainable. As a result, a collapse of the water infrastructure has already begun. That’s why the crop yields have also collapsed this year [6], with the Sacramento Bee reporting:

While many crops have yet to be harvested, it’s clear that the drought has carved a significant hole in the economy of rural California. Farm income is down, so is employment… Economists at UC Davis say agriculture, which has been a $44 billion-a-year business in California, will suffer revenue losses and higher water costs — a financial hit totaling $2.2 billion this year.

That financial hit is only going to get worse, and the implosion of crop production will only accelerate. “Roughly one-fourth of California’s rice fields went fallow this year, about 140,000 acres worth, according to the California Rice Commission,” reports the Sacramento Bee.

And the worst part is that farmers have been tapping into underground aquifers in order to grow their crops this year. But that water is irreplaceable in any human timeframe, and when it’s all used up, it’s gone for good. California’s agriculture industry has yet to come up with a way to grow food crops without using water. Until they do, the food producing potential of the entire region is headed for accelerated collapse.

When the citizens of California truly wake up and realize where this is all headed, real estate prices will utterly collapse, leading to a collapse of local property tax revenues and the economic devastation of towns and cities. Many of those once-thriving towns will inevitably return to the desert from which they sprang.

Sources for this article include:

[1] http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20140…

[2] http://www.irwd.com/liquid-news/irwd-receive…

[3] http://www.irwd.com/services/residential-wat…

[4] http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/indoor.ht…

[5] http://irwd.com/save-water-money/turf-remova…

[6] http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/28/6739735/cal…

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3 Responses to Drought-Stricken California to Ration Water

  1. laurabruno says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    I appreciate Ann’s thoughtful, heart-full introduction to this post. Every time I read about the drought in California, I can’t help but conjure images from Starhawk’s novel, “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” Indeed, parts of that novel continue to prove more and more prophetic. May we all find our balance, and please — everywhere — let’s start crowdfunding projects to help us make better use of the sacred water we do use. Do so many hundreds of gallons REALLY need to get flushed away? Do people in deserts really need green lawns? Living locally also means honoring the nature of place. Some places are not meant for such dense human settlement, but other places are just a permaculture project away from being lush havens. I lived in New Mexico, and it was insanely dry there — only to find, years later, in the book Gaia’s Garden, a property right outside Santa Fe as one of the most gloriously verdant examples of a permaculture turnaround. We cannot continue as we have, but that need not be a horrible thing. Necessity truly IS the mother of invention.

  2. bumpercrop says:

    In defiance of nature from the outset, where was the wisdom in creating a large crop basket in a desert? with swimming pools and lawns of pesticided and chemically greened-up lawns, no less.
    That being said, there are many that believe the drought in California is man-made from aerosol geoengineering, aka chemtrails.
    Is this part of the Agenda 21 strategy?

    I guess soon people will be accepting the following as the new normal?
    Here is some propaganda put out by the NWO, it is truly chilling.

    just more evidence, that we need to learn how to grow our own food.

    • Re: potatoes and sugar beets. And they’d put pesticides on the potatoes part way through their growing season. As a teenager, I asked my boyfriend, whose father farmed, “But then we eat those potatoes?” He replied, “Don’t worry, the pesticide is gone by the time they are harvested.” Oh? And sugar beets, one source of all that sugar for processed foods. And irrigating the desert in the first place? Yes, very foolish, we (or at least you and I) now realize in hindsight. At the time, for the settlers (who, I imagine, drove off the Indians), it felt like a miracle.

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