“This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower....how businesses use water."
-- Governor Brown of California
For those who haven't heard.....California has a serious water shortage. It's been building up for over one-hundred years.
You can go back to the 1910 period and find people who were staking out a negative position on reservoirs and use of mountain runoff water.
Population growth? It continued on, continuing a gradual growth, and today sits at around forty million residents.
The desalination plants? The folks in Santa Barbara are cranking up their plant. Water cost? If you compare it against the regular water.....it's fifteen times the cost. You can imagine your water bill.....if it was one hundred dollars a year under the old system.....it'll run fifteen-hundred under the new system. I should add as well....after you filter out the salt.....it gets dumped out in the process back into the local waters. So if you had one-hundred percent salt water along your coast before.....it'll probably at least three-hundred percent salt water afterwards. You can already expect legal cases to occur with environmentalists trying to shut the operation down, and regular people unable to afford water.
But we come to the subject of monitoring shower usage. I'm guessing someone will want to install a meter on showers or tubs within a home, and start to check your usage. I'm an old military guy who knew how to take a simple 90-second shower.
You can imagine the training videos that California will have to put out.....trying to teach people to shift from the six-minute shower to the 90-second shower. Use this type of soap....dash yourself for twenty seconds to wet everything down....etc. Some idiot might even make a special shower attachment which only throws 10-second spurts of water of you and then ten seconds of nothing. People will be buzzing at the office....chatting over their ten-second method or a twenty-second method....creating fake enthusiasm over this whole bogus situation.
Bottom line? California has had a hundred years to work on their water situation, and at this point.....they are still one-hundred years behind. And when the water bill comes for the month, and you spent $450 on water.....you will finally make the decision to pack up and leave.