Drought Shaming in California - A Growing Trend

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Drought Shaming in California - A Growing Trend

 

If you are not adhering to the state and local requirements to cut back on water usage, at least outside, or are wasting water because of faulty sprinklers or other issues, you might find yourself getting reported to a local agency. You could get fined. 

 

And you might get called out on Twitter, Facebook or star in a video on YouTube. Do a search for #DroughtShaming or "drought shaming in California" and you'll see! Here's just one example:

 

 

The persistence of one of California's worst droughts ever has caused many communities to set stiff standards for water reduction, especially for irrigation. Some of the biggest uses of our water is maintaining lush green lawns.

 

Why that's so important is hard to understand, given the circumstances, but there are plenty of offenders who are watering more, and more often, than they should, and the evidence is clear.

 

Even worse are the sprinklers watering driveways and roads, and broken sprinklers spouting water into the air.  

 

At the same time some homeowners are replacing their lawns with artificial turf, while others are turning their lawns into xeriscape gardens, or simply turning off the irrigation (we did that last year).

 

Some people have had enough about water waste and are calling out public and business offenders, and including addresses.  Some communities are fining offenders, and I suspect we wll see more fines, both public and in the private sectors, in the future.

 

My Water Saving Tips Postcard

 

Here in Carlsbad you can call (760) 438-2722.

 

And San Diego Coastkeeper provides a wealth of information on how to help with the drought but also where to report water waste throughout San Diego County. Check out Be Water Wise for more suggestions on water conservation.

 

It's a serious problem with no end in sight with the drought continuing.

 

Everyone can and should do their share. Even our government agencies - stories of water waste by government agencies abound.

 

Is #DroughtShaming the latest social media trend?

 

And does it work or is it just a mean thing to do to people. And do some people even care that they are being shamed?

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Jeff Dowler CRS - Hopefully, drought shaming doesn't catch on.  Awareness  should be enough.

Jun 11, 2015 12:49 AM #1
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA 

Well you know how things are with social media. And they are even talking about it on the news on TV. I do think that those who are offenders, including the government agencies (state and local), do need to be called upon quickly to end the waste. There are lots of examples

Jeff

Jun 11, 2015 12:52 AM #2
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Jeff Dowler CRS - I do think that the government agencies that impose restrictions should certainly abide by their own rules before they start hitting up the citizens.  

When the city blows it, they should admit it, eat dirt and fix it rather than make excuses and justifications as I saw on the news not long ago.

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Jeff Dowler CRS  Sad situation there in California . Hope your drought ends . I do think Tony needs to get a life . 

Jun 11, 2015 02:06 AM #4
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Hannah Williams 

Yep the drought really is a problem and I suspect things are going to get worse. It's a shame there are a good number of people who are not doing what they could, and ARE wasting water.

Jeff

Jun 11, 2015 03:36 AM #5
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Jeff,  Send a big ttruck out our way and load up.  We have had more than our fair share this year and today they are calling for flash floods because the grounds are so darn saturated.

Jun 11, 2015 03:38 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jeff... I heard that some celebrities are watering away and just pay the fine. I find that pretty obnoxious under the circumstances.

Jun 11, 2015 08:38 AM #7
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We have been through ours out here in the past as well and what pissed me off more than anything is the CITY having these busted heads spraying water everywhere on the streets and WASTING it but did they get fined???? NOPE

Jun 11, 2015 09:09 AM #8
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA  - I SOOO agree

Belinda Spillman - yeah, you have really had a tough time. And look at TX and OK, too? Weird national weather patterns

Jeff

Jun 11, 2015 09:46 AM #9
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Nina Hollander 

Yep it has been big news. Some seems to be doing their part, like others, and others just don't care because they can afford it.  And it's not just celebs, either

Jeff

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David Shamansky 

Yes, I have seen the same in a number of communities here. And what about the state government? You hear all kinds of stories

Jeff

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