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Dry

August 23, 2015

seriousYou have probably heard by now that Southern California is in the midst of a severe drought.   How severe?   It depends who you listen to and the degree of hysteria they choose for their particular brand of reporting.   It has been going on for at least three years, while some sources see it as part of a 15 year mega-drought and others say it has been proceeding for decades.   California governor, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, never one to shy away from hyperbole for politics’s sake, has called it epochal.   This is for certain … reservoirs are historically low,Reservoirs Statewide In California At Record Low Levels some virtually empty.  The state has mandated a 20% reduction in water use, with individual counties and cities determining how to enforce the reduction.   In most places, hosing down driveways and patios or using a hose to wash a car can result in $500 fine.  Most cities have also instituted a twice a week watering rule that also limits how long you can water on each sprinkler station.   Here in Anaheim Hills, even numbered homes water on Thursday and Sunday and odd ones water on Wednesday and Saturday for a maximum of 8 minutes each station.  I have read that in Socal’s warm summer climate, lawns can not survive that level of watering. (more…)