Editorial: Get serious about conserving water | July 16, 2014 | Almanac | Almanac Online |

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Viewpoint - July 16, 2014

Editorial: Get serious about conserving water

When Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared in January that California was in a state of drought, those who had been paying attention to the alarming lack of rainfall during the prior two years couldn't help but ask: What took him so long? And when he announced that he expected the state's residents to curtail their water consumption by 20 percent, with no personal consequences to them if they failed to oblige, another question sprang to mind: Isn't it unrealistically optimistic to expect people to voluntarily cut their usage back by one-fifth?

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