As recently as the first months of this year, Californians were asked to conserve water. Well, they did. And they still are. Now, that’s a problem.
The city has run out of money to reimburse residents who replace thirsty lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf, but there are still some options for anyone looking for a rebate and to reduce outdoor watering.
The city is clashing with an environmental group over whether it’s doing enough to police water use. At issue: What did the state mean in July when it told hundreds of water agencies to start cracking down on irrigation with mandatory rules?
The city no longer has a crew of water cops policing usage, though county residents are now under mandatory conservation orders. Here’s what those are, and where enforcement could head in the future.
A staffer with San Diego Coastkeeper, which pushes for water conservation, claimed water usage was up 25 percent in December 2013 compared with the same month in 2012.
Now with most water districts abutting one another, it is hard to rationalize the need for so many agencies.
It’s in everyone’s interests to invest in and expand upon local water harvesting.
The San Diego County Water Authority needs to provide more
detail on how we’ll manage that precious imported resource.
San Diego will study a water billing structure that could add
incentives for conserving water, but a report isn’t due until the
end of the year.
In San Diego, water rates have gone up so much that even those
who’ve conserved are paying more money for less water. It’s a
troubling sign for water conservation in a region counting on
conquering the lawn love affair.