More specifically, Sacramento is trying to kill us Californians.
Late last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills aimed at conserving water in the drought-stricken state. Unfortunately for California residents, the draconian measures will severely curtail their ability to complete acts of daily living that people in the rest of the U.S. take for granted—things like laundry, showers, and bathing.
On the Senate side, Bill 606 requires the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt “long-term standards for the efficient use of water and would establish specified standards for per capita daily indoor residential water use” in order to comply with another state law that requires California to reduce its per capita water usage by 20 percent by the year 2020.
The board would have authority over all water suppliers, imposing onerous reporting requirements on them to ensure they’re complying with the 20 percent reduction mandate, and imposing fines if they don’t.
Bill 1668, which passed in the Assembly and was signed into law by Brown, goes even further, severely limiting the amount of water Californians can use:
The bill, until January 1, 2025, would establish 55 gallons per capita daily as the standard for indoor residential water use, beginning January 1, 2025, would establish the greater of 52.5 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use, and beginning January 1, 2030, would establish the greater of 50 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use. The bill would impose civil liability for a violation of an order or regulation issued pursuant to these provisions, as specified.
Note that this language gives the State Water Resources Control Board—appointed by the governor—to increase the limits on residential water usage at their discretion over the next 12 years. …
(2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.
Wealthy California residents, however, got a special dispensation from the legislature. There are to be special provisions for swimming pools, spas, “and other water features” that use a lot of water. …
Victor Davis Hanson, writing for City-Journal in 2016, explained the genesis of the California water crisis, writing that Governor Jerry Brown and other Democratic leaders opposed state and federal water projects in the 1970s, leaving “no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people.”
“Those who did the most to cancel water projects and divert reservoir water to pursue their reactionary nineteenth-century dreams of a scenic, depopulated, and fish-friendly environment enjoy lifestyles predicated entirely on the fragile early twentieth-century water projects of the sort they now condemn,” he said.
Hanson noted at National Review last year that “Over some 50 consecutive months of drought, California did not start work on a single major reservoir — though many had long ago been planned and designed.” Instead, he said, “tens of millions of acre-feet of precious runoff water last year were simply let out to the ocean” due to environmental diversions.
You know that joke about Communism? “If the Soviet Union took control of the Sahara desert, in ten years there’d be a shortage of sand?” It isn’t funny. California has more coastline than any state but Florida & Alaska. But no, they’d rather make me take sponge baths forever than spend money on anything but ugly, fat, childless lesbians and illegal immigrants who can’t be bothered to speak English!
I expect this will get shut down in lawsuits & courts like most such draconian legislation. If this doesn’t then I’ll soon be looking for a new state to move to along with every other Californian who likes good hygeine. Maybe that’s why they’re repopulating the State with ethnics from the Ganges, so nobody will complain about adopting open sewers.
Sacramento was engineering a drought before the real drought came along by dismantling dams and other infrastructure for useless animals nobody cared about. They starved farmers for water until at one point, I recall during the Gov. Schwarzenegger years, an armed revolt by Central Valley farmers was thwarted only by placing river delta irrigation systems under martial law. It didn’t make the papers.
And those “low-flush” toilets? San Francisco mandated them for many years. Then they had to spend over $100 million to clean out the sewers because the toilets didn’t use enough water to wash turds all the way to the treatment plant. Politicians never cared to check that sort of thing, just kept their fingers in the air and up their asses, to keep turds from coming out. Problem solved!
There is plenty of water in California. Our infrastructure is so old that merely plugging the leaks would save MILLIONS of acre-feet per year. We border the largest body of saltwater on the planet and desalination isn’t that expensive. Just tell the eco-Nazis NO.
Or, maybe Sacramento is deliberately mismanaging California in order to crash the system of the United States, Alinsky-style. They’re already in undeclared war against the Federal gov’t on border control.
I ain’t paying no thousand-dollar fine for flushing Jerry Browns down the toilet.
Edit: Found this perfect meme in the comments. H/T Alex DeLarge: