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Editorial: 72 gallons a day?

In Israel, annual, per-capita water use is about 100 cubic meters, or about 26,000 gallons.

Translate that into a daily water ration, and you learn that the average Israeli uses about 72 gallons a day.

Historically, Sonoma has been blessed with a comparative abundance of water, allowing a per-capita daily water consumption that stood, in 2008, at 262 gallons, almost four times that in Israel.

Of course, some parts of Israel are so hot and arid they get less than 2 inches of water a year, while others get more than 30. But Israel has far less rain, in general, and no Sierra snow bank to draw on, which is why that country relies on five, large desalination plants to provide 75 percent of its household water.

Will Sonoma’s waterscape some day resemble that of Israel? That’s a question we need to start asking ourselves, because – unless 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists are wrong – we’re headed in that direction.

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