California limits water usage for residents to fight climate change, families to be hit hardest

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that far-left lawmakers in California have passed water usage restrictions to institute a per-person water use goal of 55 gallons per day until 2025.  According to the report, the “limit decreases to 52.5 gallons until 2030 and 50 gallons beginning in 2030.”  And it’s being done to fight “climate change.”

“A lot of us have taken water for granted, but it’s not something we can take for granted in Southern California,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale. “Climate change, drought — we need to make sure it doesn’t impact life and safety and the economic future of our state.”

What the Times does not include, however, is the impact this new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown — which goes into effect in January — will have on families.

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“With a child and every day having to wash clothes, that’s, just my opinion, not feasible. But I get it and I understand that we’re trying to preserve…but 55 gallons a day?” Tanya Allen, the parent of a 4-year-old daughter, told CBS Sacramento.

That report notes:

An 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water, a load of laundry up to 40, and a bathtub can hold 80 to 100 gallons of water.

“She likes to bathe three times a day and she does laundry all day,” said Rocka Mitchell from Texas.

He and his wife Ginger are living in Sacramento for work and say it would be hard to conserve.

“I couldn’t do it. My family is way too large,” she said.

The new laws, by the way, also include outdoor water usage, so homeowners who water their yards will also be impacted.

“Retrofitting homes with water-efficient fixtures could help cut back,” CBS added.  But at what cost?  Even with rebates, the retrofits are certain to cost homeowners a considerable amount of money.

“We offer toilet rebates, we offer complementary showerheads, we offer complementary faucets,” said Greg Bundesen with the Sacramento Suburban Water District.  But that’s just one jurisdiction…

“I think the average new home is 35 gallons per person per day, so we are not talking emergency conservation here,” said Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

But how many Californians live in new homes?  And how many are actually buying new homes?  Moreover, how many can actually afford to buy a new home in California?

As Faye Higbee reported on Monday, a number of residents want to leave, thanks in part to the high cost of living in the Golden State:

According to a recent survey, at least 46% of Bay Area residents are thinking of relocating in the next few years. Those surveyed said it was exclusively because of the high housing costs, everything from owning to renting. It’s not likely the only reason people want to bail, it just happens to be the one the study focused on. But liberal-run California has numerous issues, not the least of which is the constant effort for gun control and now even water control.

Democrats, by the way, have an iron grip on the state — and have for years.  Maybe it’s time voters tried something new.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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