President Joe Biden greets California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as he arrives at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021, in Mather, California, for a briefing on wildfires at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) [Photo Credit: White House Public Domain]
Gavin Newsom has a request for the residents of the liberal state of California. Conserve more water.
California’s environmental policies have left its infrastructure struggling to provide the resources and utilities Californians need to live everyday. In response, California, specifically Governor Gavin Newsom pleaded with Californians to cut water use by 15%.
Reports are indicating that in response Californians cut water usage by less than 1 percent in February.
Newsom in July called for Californians to voluntary reduce water use by 15%. But the state’s cumulative water savings from July through February stand at 5.8% compared with the same months in 2020, down from 6.4% a month ago.
In February, the San Francisco Bay Area reduced water use 4.6%, while the South Coast region of Southern California — which constitutes 55% of the state’s population — used just 0.2% less water.
In other parts of the state, people used more water than they did in February 2020. In the Sacramento River region, water use was up 6.7%. And in the inland desert, the Colorado River region of Southern California, residents used 3.2% more water.
Newsom last week issued an order for urban water suppliers to implement more aggressive conservation measures, requiring them to activate “Level 2” of their local drought contingency plans to prepare for shortages. The governor also directed the state water board to consider a ban on watering “nonfunctional” grass at businesses and other properties.
Reservoirs are lower than average and so is snow pack, that coupled with a warmer drier climate currently leaves California’s water supply waning.
The root cause of the problem is debatable, but less water consumption does not seem to be the magic bullet.