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California's Socialized Water Shortage

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Water pours down a spillway out of Nicasio Reservoir on January 12, 2017, in Nicasio, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When presented with any shortage there are two ways to respond. The first, and more preferable, is to increase supply. The second is to restrict demand by rationing. Guess which option California’s leftist government has chosen?

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just signed two water-rationing bills that according to the Weekly Standard, are “focused primarily on decreasing per-person water usage.”

Some may contend it’s hardly fair to blame government bureaucrats for a lack of rain and the resulting drought that has plagued California off and on for over a decade.

I’m not so sure about that.

If these same bureaucrats think they can control the thermostat for an entire planet by manipulating carbon, why shouldn’t they be able to make it rain, too?

But we’re feeling generous, so we won’t blame Sacramento for not making it rain, but we will blame it for the government’s lack of preparation for drought. It is possible to increase the supply of water available for a state’s residents by stockpiling moisture when it does rain.

Preparation requires building reservoirs. According to The Mercury News, “The last huge reservoir built in California was New Melones, on the Stanislaus River in Calaveras County.”

This means it’s been 36 years since a major dam project was completed by the state. That might have been fine if the population had stabilized, but it hasn’t. There are 15 million more people in the state, give or take a few thousand illegals.

For comparison that growth is “… the equivalent of adding everyone now living in Washington, Oregon and Nevada to the Golden State.”

What’s more, the people here have not been profligate in their water use. For example Los Angeles, which has grown by 515,000 people, and San Jose, which has increased 242,000 residents, both use the same amount of water the cities consumed 1988.

There are only two areas where local officials had the foresight to build and pay for their own dams. The Contra Costa Water District, Los Vaqueros Reservoir in 1997, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Diamond Valley in 1999 in Riverside County. Their other similarity, “Both regions do not have rationing now, and cite the stored water as a reason.”

The rest of the state will have to deal with the water police. These rationing bills, according to the Standard, set the limit “for indoor residential water use at 55 gallons a day per person, with the number decreasing to 50 gallons by 2030.”

The fine for urban retail water suppliers — not individuals — for exceeding this amount is $1,000 per day.

The folks at the magazine were strangely optimistic regarding the restriction, assuring most readers they would be able to take an 8-minute shower and wash one load of laundry without exceeding the limit, if their washing machine was relatively new.

If you want to wash two loads, one of them is going to have to be cleaned with you in the shower.

What the Standard failed to calculate was what happens if the consumer wants to drink a glass of water during the day or do a load of dishes? Should he take a glass into the shower with him?

If this keeps up I can foresee a time in the not too distant future when California finally has demonstrations in favor of building a pipeline. Only this pipeline won’t be shipping oil out, it will be bringing water in.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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