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Apr 16, 2015

California’s Drought From Above

California’s Drought From Above

California is entering into its fourth straight year of severe drought and something needs to be done about the wasting of water.
The average daily water usage per person in Palm Springs is a mindblowing 201 gallons, more than double the California average, according to the New York Times.
California's cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face steep fines under proposed new rules, the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the state enters its fourth year of severe drought.
Communities where residential customers use more than 165 gallons of water per person per day would have to cut back by 35 percent.
The level of usage and waste is simply staggering.

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Dry earth is seen between rows of grapevines in Napa, California ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/REUTERS

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A water truck douses plants with water at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A campsite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is seen after the first weekend ended in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A campsite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is seen after the first weekend ended in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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The Jack Nicklaus private golf course is seen next to Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A man looks for a golf ball in the desert next to a golf course in the Palm Springs area LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A canal runs through a golf course in La Quinta in the Palm Springs area LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Homes with boathouses built around an artificial lake are seen in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A person water skis on an artificial lake in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Homes with boathouses built around an artificial lake are seen in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Homes with swimming pools and boathouses built around an artificial lake are seen in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A golf course is seen in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Homes with swimming pools and boathouses built around an artificial lake are seen in Indio LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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People play golf on a course in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A gardener works on a golf course in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Water flows into a lake on a golf course in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A water storage facility is seen near homes in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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An umbrella is seen painted on dry grass in the Palm Springs area LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Homes with swimming pools are seen in the Palm Springs area LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Swimming pools are seen behind homes in Palm Springs LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Swimming pools are seen behind homes in Palm Springs LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A golf course is seen in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A home with a swimming pool is seen in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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The Wet 'n Wild water park is seen in Palm Springs LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Swimming pools are seen behind homes in Palm Springs LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A tractor collects golf balls on a driving range in the Palm Springs area LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A sign advertising artificial turf is seen in Cathedral City LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Reverse osmosis filters are seen as construction continues on the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A home with rooftop solar panels is seen in La Quinta LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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The Cascades of the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct, which carries millions of gallons of water over 374 km to supply the city of Los Angeles, are seen in Sylmar LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Speed limit buoys that used to be floating lie on the banks of Castaic Lake reservoir, where the water has receded, in Castaic LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A water line is seen on the banks of Castaic Lake reservoir where the water receded, in Castaic LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Boats sit at the former high water mark at Castaic Lake reservoir in Castaic LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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