Some more good news for California: Officials announced that residents of Golden State cut water use by 31.3% in July, which surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25% goal. July had some heavy rainfall to help residents reach this goal, but it’s believed that “conservation, enforcement and strong warnings by water agencies helped even more.”
Palm Springs, a desert city in Southern California popular with tourists since the early 1900s, is looking dry these days as strict conservation efforts are being practiced by many.
According to Fox News, the city’s once lush green grass is now brown, and residents have been made aware that they could face fines if they consume too much water.
“It is a new reality and as you can appreciate Palm Springs, the infrastructure 30-40 years ago was built on the lush oasis and that is not the reality now,” David Ready, Palm Springs’ City Manager, said.
“At times over the past year, Palm Springs has consumed two to three times the average amount of water as the rest of the state. But…members of the State Water Resources Control Board announced the Desert Water Agency, headquartered in Palm Springs, had reduced its consumption by 35 percent.”
Keep it up, Californians!