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No Rain, No Water


With no rain in sight and reservoirs so low, why do we see no action by local water districts to control water use? Los Angeles has been operating on a drought-watch basis for over a year, yet here we still see unlimited lawn watering and no warnings about the fact we’re in a serious drought.

We should have implemented mandatory water rationing a year ago, and there is no excuse for not beginning it now. While many people have voluntarily reduced their water usage, put in grey-water plumbing, and set up water-harvesting systems (which yield nothing if there is no rain!), there are still pockets of high usage like some Montecito estates that haven’t really been addressed. Nobody should have the right to waste water on things like huge lawns during this crisis.

So we ask our city and county officials: What are you planning to do to protect Santa Barbara?

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