I've been noticing that when I travel outside of the state recently, everyone seems to be asking me about the water situation in California. I constantly hear, "What is deal with water out there?" or, "What is CA doing to do about this terrible drought?" or "Have you started drinking sea water yet!?!?!?"
I have to admit, I didn't know there was a problem. In fact, I'm still not sure if there is a problem. I keep hearing there is a problem but if there was a real problem then I have to believe the price of water would go up. Supply and demand, right? So, I went back and looked at my water bills for the last two years, and I am paying the exact same $/gal that I paid in 2012. Funny enough, cost of trash pickup went up 3%, but water has stayed exactly... the ... same.
This all got me thinking about the annual water report for Orange County published by MWDOC. The most recent is at this link. Right in the front of the report is the breakout below for residential use. The first time I saw that nearly 60% of all water usage in Orange County is for landscaping I nearly fell out of my chair.
So, the point of this post is simple. Orange County residents on average use 60% of their water for their landscaping. That is crazy. So as we all wait for the rainstorm to roll in this weekend, please make sure your sprinklers are off. Also, if we are in a water crisis, my opinion to the powers that be is to try economics, raise the price of water.