Unlike the little Dutch boy who saved his community from flooding with his finger, the latest maneuvering by the State will do little to resolve the long-term drought concerns. Per the Mercury News/Times the actions include
Specifically, the rules adopted Tuesday:
- Ban all restaurants, bars and hotels from serving water unless customers ask for it.
- Require all hotels and motels to provide signs in rooms telling guests that they have the option of choosing not to have towels and linens washed daily.
- Ban Californians from watering lawns and landscaping with potable water within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Require cities, counties, water districts and private companies to limit lawn watering to two days a week if they aren't already limiting lawn and landscape watering to a certain number of days a week. The rule applies to all 411 water providers with more than 3,000 customers in California, covering more than 95 percent of the state's population. But there is a loophole: If water providers are already limiting days of the week, even if it is to three or more days, they can continue with those rules and not restrict watering to two days a week.
All of these new rules ignore the thirsty elephant in the room - continued massive, high-density, over-development. It will take a lot of glasses of water, reused hotel towels, and brown lawns to begin to cover the incremental thousands of new housing units already approved or on the dockets in the Bay Area. One wonders where ABAG is on this issue???