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.
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?