Letters to the Editor: The drought will never be over. These are the changes California must makeTo the editor: Then-Gov. Jerry Brown made a mis...Letters to the Editor: The drought will never be over. These are the changes California must make
To 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 the rain falls. (“As drought deepens, Californians are saving less water,” March 15)
California and the western United States more broadly are becoming drier. We must change the way we live. Low-flow toilets and faucets and showers aren’t enough.
The state must mandate no front lawns, with landscaping only from an approved list of water-wise plants. (They do this in red-state Arizona, so it’s not illegal and not impossible.) New construction must have gray water systems so water can be recycled for landscape use.
This must be done now, because the water just isn’t there, and we need to use potable water for drinking, food preparation, bathing and washing our clothes.