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Drought Restrictions, California Luxury Hotel Style

Just one week ago, California instituted additional water restrictions, to try to control the state’s descent through ecological crisis without triggering a fundamental social disaster.

Arriving in Los Angeles this morning, I witnessed what a long way Californians have to go. In front of the W hotel in the Westwood neighborhood, right close to the UCLA campus, I came upon an employee using a water hose, not to water the plants outside, but to clean off the entrance ramp to the hotel’s parking garage.

water waste in Westwood w hotel

Not all Angelinos are being so damp-headed, though. Just around the corner from the wasteful W is a beautiful hedge of rosemary, a Mediterranean herb that is much more suited to dry conditions than a patch of grass would be.

The Los Angeles County Waterworks is offering a cash-for-grass rebate of between one and two dollars per square foot of grass that is replaced by water-efficient landscaping. Companies like Dry Jungle are helping residents install plants that are actually suited to the local climate.

4 thoughts on “Drought Restrictions, California Luxury Hotel Style”

  1. DrRGP says:

    The underlying problem is not so much that there’s a shortage of water but that there’s a surfeit of dumb, live-for-the moment Californians.

  2. Mark says:

    The underlying problem is a state (from the average citizen all the way up to the largest industries) that is totally dependent on the transport of immense quantities of water over large distances. Without this transport of water, California would not be able to support even a fraction of its population nor any of its major industries (think agriculture). The Central Valley which grows a large percentage of our nations food, is basically a desert. I drove across it a couple years ago and except for the agricultural areas under heavy irrigation, it was parched, dry, and brown. Now that climate change is reducing the amount of available water (falling as snow in the mountains) something is going to have to change. Either a large percentage of the population is going to have to leave the state, or agriculture will. The situation will no longer allow both to exist together.

  3. ella says:

    Repeated laws to reduce the amount of water used has helped prolong the lifestyle of Californians. It has been a lot of years since I was out to the Valley and it looked then like it wouldn’t take much to make it a desert. The power of Irrigation has fed a lot of people. How would the people living in California survive if the Valley completely stops producing food? On the other hand, if the El Nino brings the winter rains, will they flood the Valley as well as much of the drought ridden coast? All the newly planted ‘lawns’ and desert landscaping will wither in too much water. Natures imbalance, balanced.

  4. ella says:

    Not long ago,there was someone who seemed against a Jewish President for the United States. Yet when we have certain difficulties, who do we most often consult. California has now engaged Israeli experts to help solve water deficit problems. Desalinization has been considered but sidelined until now. Israel has five desalination plants and is now engaged in helping California solve it’s water problems. http://www.voanews.com/content/israeli-water-experts-share-knowledge-with-drought-stricken-california/2832658.html

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