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Water rationing has to be fair

By Thomas D. Elias

Despite heavy mid-February rains and the ensuing Sierra snowfall, the California drought remains.

In fact, it is still more severe than the worst previous dry spell of modern times, in 1976-77.

Short of millennial downpours in late winter or early spring, this means water rationing is almost certain for most Californians. When and if it comes, there are lessons to be learned from what happened 37 years ago:

Rationing must be fair and include heavy consequences for failure to comply. Homeowners must be willing to let some landscaping go brown and the entire system must be free of politics. Otherwise, there’s a good chance large numbers of residents simply won’t comply.


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