California’s Water Crisis in 60 Seconds

The struggle is about to get real–not for water users but rather for those forcing water restrictions.

Some of Cali’s more wealthier neighborhoods are the highest users of water and because they have the money to pay whatever fines might be levied on them—short of just cutting off their water, there’s not a damn thing the water police can do about it.  Add to that, these people tend to be donors and voters too so I doubt you’ll see much of a push there to make them comply if you know what I mean.

Whereas the not-so-wealthy don’t just let the water run because that water bill is no joke.

Naw, the not-so-wealthy live like there’s always been a drought and ration themselves according to their checkbook and available cash on hand.


The Court of Public Opinion

  • SurfPuppy619


  • cutty sark

    The majority of Los Angeles not-so-wealthy residents never see a water bill because they rent in multi-unit buildings that have a single water meter for the entire property.

    Another segment of L.A. residents live in multi-unit properties with a single water meter and they do see and pay the water bill – except everyone pays the same percentage no matter how much or how little water they use. That is the case for owners of condominiums in master-metered condo buildings.

    In their case, when an individual condo unit decreases their water use, the savings is divided among all of the condo owners. The individual condo owner who uses water excessively only pays a little bit more because the extra charge he is responsible for gets divided and paid equally by all of the condos.

    Los Angeles may soon find water conservation efforts stalled in the pipe. With so many people whose water usage has no direct connection to their pocketbook, they have little to no compelling incentive to conserve water except for their sense of civic duty – which varies widely from person to person.