Nationwide, California water prices to consumers are less than many major cities (you might need to click on the above visual to read it). The problem is that farmers (and utilities) pay one-tenth that of residences. If agriculture/utility use can be reduced by 10%, that would double the domestic supply.
Earlier this month I posted:
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO CALIFORNIA'S WATER PROBLEM
YEAR RAINFALL (INCHES) ABOVE OR BELOW
PER YEAR 135 YEAR AVERAGE
20009-2010 16.36 +1.38
2010-2011 20.20 +5.22
2011-2012 8.69 -6.29
2013 Driest Year on Record
2014 Close to Driest on Record
A recent headline article reported that, studying tree rings, this could well be California's worst drought period in 1200 years? Then, again, maybe not for 2014, as some rain came towards the end of the year.
If you look closely at the above article, in consideration of the gross contradictions, you kind of get the impression that there is almost a conspiracy here. The government, in cahoots with the media, seems to be orchestrating a plan to allow their State Legislature to finally change their laws. About time and good idea, actually.
It certainly helps to float a few remarkable before and after photos. First, Lake Oroville in 2011 and 2014:
Hoover Dam, from 1983 to 2007 to 2014:
Who wouldn't be frightened by this kind of despair.
my previous posting for details) and golf courses a tad more for water...expect vegetables, fruits, wine and green fees to become more expensive...and convert lawns into solar photovoltaic fields or something drought resistant. It might take a decade and more, but wise future planning can overcome the whims of Mother Nature.