The Long-Term Consequences of Los Angeles’ Water Crisis

Los Angeles is running out of water, and time. Are leaders willing to act?

by James Gathany

The people who run our city seem to be unaware of the urgency of the situation. In fact, they’re more interested in saving their own hides than solving the problem. Their only goal is to keep making people pay for their failures and avoid more water and sewer costs.

For some time now, I’ve felt like those in the water department were more concerned with saving their jobs than solving our problems. I was even more frustrated when I saw a recent story on the water board’s website on how a man won $100 million dollars in the lottery! You get what you pay for, right?

The fact remains: When we are in the middle of a disaster, we should act with an eye to the long-term consequences. Let’s not get distracted by the immediate. There is too much at stake.

The water supply is already dwindling. If we don’t act now, the city will have to pay a hefty price down the road.

At this point, you might be thinking the same thing I was, and you’d have a good reason for it. We are in the middle of a public health crisis, and the fact that we’ve gone three years without any rain means that one third of our water is already gone.

In Los Angeles, water is one of the few things that we have really tried to control. Over the years, we’ve tried to make improvements and find ways to ration the water that is left over and find solutions other than storing rainwater.

I don’t want Los Angeles to have to have to deal with another drought. The time has come to take action. And action today is the only thing that we can afford as a city, as a city that still depends on water.

If we can’t get water to where it’s needed, we’ve come to a point where we have to consider how we’re going to deal with the long-term consequences. In this time of crisis, we have to act with urgency in order to stop wasting our water.

We’ve been down this path before. When people think water is free and abundant, I think they forget to consider how the system is

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