Myths and Facts
Headlines are screaming that
California is running out of water.
While it is true that the water crisis
in California is reaching critical mass,
it is important to tone down the
hysteria and find rational,
responsible, long-term solutions.
A smart start is separating myth
from fact in an effort to find viable
and intelligent answers to
California's water woes.
Here are some of the most common
myths surrounding the California
MYTH: California is out
FACT: California is not out of water,
it is experiencing a limited supply of
sufficient excess water to meet its
current and future needs.
The answer is not to magically find
more water at any cost, but to more
efficiently use the resources that we
have. This can be done by better
education and more effective
application of current policies and
MYTH: Conservation is
the only answer.
FACT: Conservation is one answer,
but it only a small piece of the
puzzle. A more logical and viable
solution to the bigger picture is
more efficient use of resources by
making changes that actually affect
Conservation doesn't sufficiently
address the issue of non-renewable
water supply, that is water that is
consumed, i.e. drank, evaporated,
used in manufacturing; instead it
focuses on water sources that can
For example, water conservation
focuses on the person watering their
lawn, which is a renewable use of
water. The same reasoning applies
to agricultural use.
The planting of drought-resistant
grasses and crops that use less
water to begin with is a more
sensible long-term approach.
To focus conservation on renewable
water usage is well-intentioned, but
only leads to a 20 percent overall
reduction and savings. The priority
in water conservation needs to shift
to non-renewable water usage.
MYTH: The "Villain of
the day" is responsible
for the water crisis.
FACT: Government, farmers, and
industry have all taken a turn at
being the culprit of the current
crisis. While there is a little bit of
blame to share, the fact is that the
native climate of California, coupled
with persistent drought and an
increase in population and demand
play a bigger part.
The realities of the environment in
which we all live require the
development of new strategies in all
sectors to better manage available
resources, and better planning to
foresee and forestall such shortages
in the future.
MYTH: More laws are
the solution to the
FACT: Throwing more legislation at
the problem only delays finding real
solutions. The answer to the
legislation issue is better
enforcement of the policies and
legislation that is already in place.
MYTH: There is no
FACT: There is a solution to the
problem of water shortages, but it
involves a little sacrifice and
flexibility on the part of everyone
concerned. It also involves better
educating residents, agriculture, and
industry on adapting to more
water conservation tips