About the editor: Then-Gov. Jerry Brown made a mistake in 2017 when he declared the drought over. The drought wasn’t over then, and it won’t be over even if it rains. (“As drought worsens, Californians conserve less water,” March 15)
California and the western United States in general are becoming drier. We must change our way of life. Low-flow toilets, faucets and showers are not enough.
The state may not mandate front lawns, and landscaping may only be from an approved list of aquatic plants. (They’re doing this in Red State Arizona, so it’s not illegal and it’s not impossible.) New builds must have gray water systems so water can be recycled for landscape use.
This needs to happen now because the water is simply not there and we need potable water to drink, cook, bathe and wash our clothes.
Daniel Fink, Beverly Hills
About the editor: Thank you for your informative article on California’s water supply. I want to add some information about almonds because the bad reputation they have as a water intensive plant is insane.
According to a 2012 report by the Pacific Institute, meat and dairy accounts for 47% of California’s water footprint and only 4% for household consumption. With 47% of our state’s tapped water supply, California produces 1.4% of the world’s dairy and 0.4% of the world’s beef.
In contrast, almonds use 10% of the state’s water supply, but California produces 80% of the world’s almonds, which are our most valuable agricultural export.
Let’s save water and end meat and dairy subsidies.
Patty Shenker, Woodland Hills
About the editor: I was born in Los Angeles in the 1950’s, so I know periodic droughts. I’ve read many articles about our current climate crisis and the water issues it brings.
This is what I haven’t mentioned often in articles about housing and the construction of many high-density apartment buildings throughout LA County: the new residents of these units will consume water.
How can it make sense to increase development when the water supply is shrinking?
Karla Klarin, Santa Monica
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-18/drought-will-never-be-over The drought will never be over. This is how we must change