Water is a precious resource that many people still take for granted

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California’s relationship with water has always been, and will always be, extremely strained. Our regulations on water use are strict and numerous enough to indicate just how strained that relationship is.

However, the majority of Californians have yet to really begin following these rules. Instead, we choose to take 15-minute long showers, drench our lawns in water, and maintain a sense of blatant disregard for water conservation in our state’s worst droughts and greatest times of need.

California’s relationship with water has always been, and will always be, extremely strained. Our regulations on water use are strict and numerous enough to indicate just how strained that relationship is.

However, the majority of Californians have yet to really begin following these rules. Instead, we choose to take 15-minute long showers, drench our lawns in water, and maintain a sense of blatant disregard for water conservation in our state’s worst droughts and greatest times of need.

The state has stressed most of its available options when it comes to water sustainability. All the obvious conservation efforts have been made: building dams, enforcing conservation legislation, sending out PSA after PSA to keep the locals informed, utilizing other states’ resources– you name it, California has probably tried it.

But now that almost every single river in California has been dammed, every mountain in Northern California sees less and less snow each year due to global warming, and nearly all obvious solutions have been attempted, every effort is squandered if the entirety of our state’s population continues to ignore just how bleak and desperate our situation truly is.

Though difficult to make water anything near sustainable in a region that is considered a desert and receives close to twenty three inches per year, Californians can at least take matters into their own hands and support these efforts to conserve by regulating their own family’s water usage. I myself am guilty of wasting water, but have since decided to start limiting my showers and keeping the amount of water I use on a daily basis to a minimum.

As much of a cliché as it is, old habits die hard. But it is up to us to create a better future for the next generations, even if it means foregoing the ease of instant gratification.

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