Water wars begin in California

Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
NaturalNews.com
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now in its third year of record-breaking drought conditions, the water-deprived state of California is reportedly beefing up its law enforcement to crack down on so-called water “abusers” who use too much. In Los Angeles, a full-time “water cop,” with three more on the way, now patrols the streets daily looking for violators, according to the Los Angeles Daily News (LADN), an indication of the escalating water wars taking place in the West.

More than 75 percent of California’s water stock is currently devoted to agriculture, with the remaining 25 percent nourishing residents, feeding lawns and washing cars. But with an ever-growing population and increasing demand, clean water is increasingly becoming a rarity in the Golden State. Because of this, drought restrictions have been enacted in many areas that restrict when and how much water can be used for secondary purposes, rules that many residents continually flout.

In years past, the state was able to get away with relatively loose enforcement of these water rules, given the caveat that at least some people would abide by them out of principle, conserving just enough of this precious resource to get by. But as drought conditions continue to break record levels, and with an underperforming El Nino season expected this fall, stricter enforcement of water restrictions is necessary, claims the state.

“Everything has changed with the drought,” said Rick Silva, the one-man enforcement arm of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Water Conservation Unit, about the situation. Silva currently patrols neighborhoods alone, looking for potential water violators, and he is expecting three more people to join him in the coming months.

“We’re upping our enforcement. We’re getting more staff. And we’re going to start issuing more tickets.”

California residents who use ‘too much’ water face sharp fines

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