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How bad is water use in California? March is the worst so far, up 19%

Original post made on May 11, 2022

Ignoring urgent pleas from water officials, Californians used substantially more water after a record-dry three months gripped the state.

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Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on May 11, 2022 at 10:55 am

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The government keeps asking us to save 15% every year. People have switched out faucets and toilets and cut down, but there is only so much you can do year to year before you are killing your trees and not flushing your toilet.

Plus if it is such a dire emergency then why is there no moratorium on building and adding more people? Tens of millions of square feet of office buildings are going up and the Governor is calling to add millions more homes to add more people.

This makes no sense unless your goal if to make life miserable for the people who live here while allowing your developer buddies to use water and make profits. The government needs to straighten out their priorities and if they take water conservation seriously they need to stop taking it away from people who live here already and have been conserving for years.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2022 at 10:58 am

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Many of us have spent a great deal more time in our homes than we did prepandemic. That means a lot more flushes and a lot more handwashing. The early advice of the pandemic was to wash hands frequently for 20 seconds, much longer than most of us were used to doing and consequently using more water.

Like everything else nowadays, blame it on the pandemic and more particularly on the lockdowns.

Posted by Old Person
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2022 at 11:21 am

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Some people flush 10-15 times at work, just to get rid of incriminating documents.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 11, 2022 at 11:31 am

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Thank heavens not a single one of the 2,000,000 more people the Bay Area is absorbing because of the new high density housing laws ever flush, ever drink water. Maybe people are listening to ABAG and Atty General Bonta who keep ruling it's illegal to consider increased drought and fire risks whenever they're sued over how housing targets are set,

Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on May 11, 2022 at 6:24 pm

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1. Why are the numbnuts who decided to add this incredible amount of housing in the state not apologizing and recognizing that their "well-laid plans" apparently did not include any thoughts about the severe drought that was already years in the making?

2. Where do we stand with desalination plants? The latest I heard what that it has become very controversial. Why?

3. As long as the state government cannot get their ..... together as it relates to drought, why do they want us to cut back even more, year after year?