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In January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared the state to be in a drought State of Emergency for unprecedented levels this upcoming summer. One hundred percent of California is now in “severe drought” or worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The state has had its driest start to the year ever recorded, and 2013 was its driest calendar year.

Scientists say southern California shouldn’t expect significant rain until October or November, and officials are expecting one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in California, with double the typical number of fires so far this year, and we’re just at the beginning of the dry season.

Because of these severe conditions, California’s water districts, counties, and cities are urging residents to conserve water with a mixture of mandatory regulations and suggestions to fight the drought. These include water rationing, specific lawn-watering days, and even enforcing “water cops” to report water waste. But only about 4 percent of California’s water footprint is individual, personal use.

So, who’s really using all the water?

California’s Drought — Who’s Really Using all the Water? [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

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42 comments on “California’s Drought — Who’s Really Using all the Water? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

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me
3 Years Ago

Michael Scarchilli you much have a very flat face from all the face-palming you are doing.


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Sam Jones
3 Years Ago

Yep.., welfare ranchers taking our water and killing ALL of our wildlife..... Hate them , they can kiss my arse...


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Michael Scarchilli
3 Years Ago

The cows will continue to reproduce? Biology fail. You do realize cows are female and bulls are male right? *facepalm Ignorance is bliss for many.


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Michele Erez
3 Years Ago

Important!


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Sylvia R Rodriguez
3 Years Ago

Makes no sense! Eat beans!


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Zach Summerfield
3 Years Ago

Abolish factory farms.


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Jacqueline Gan
3 Years Ago

I love beef.


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Daryln Swaim
3 Years Ago

fracking


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Diana Chamberlain-Clark
3 Years Ago

^ Sherri, watch Food Inc.


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Sherri Schulz
3 Years Ago

How many people can 1 cow feed ?! More than one cow drinks !


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Eric Johnson
02 Jun 2014

Q: How many people could the water and land used to produce that cow feed if it were instead used to grow crops for human consumption? A: Typically about ten times as many.

E James Hanson
02 Jun 2014

if you are talking about crops that produce the same amount of protein of the entire cattle industry, I would say that you are going to use the same amount of resources anyway in water, fuel, storage, electricty, and man power. So, what is the benefit in saved water, transporation, etc...?



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