Clicks on flashlight. Holds up to chin.
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a city called… Los Angeles. And Los Angeles had a problem. See, there were too many people for the amount of water the city had. If they didn’t get more water, people might have needed to move away, and the city would have… died.
So, a man named William Mulholland came up with an idea. He decided to get water from somewhere else. But he had a problem. All the places with good, clean drinking water already had people there, drinking that water. So he had to find a way to get that water to Los Angeles.
A scary sound rustles in the bushes behind you.
The city of LA bought some land in the Owens Valley in order to get the water on it. Some people didn’t want to sell their land, so Mulholland bought all the land around them, and diverted the streams so that no water would come to them. Soon, no one could farm, and people had to rent the land they’d once owned from the LADWP. Meanwhile, the LADWP told those people how they could use the land and what they could build.
And the story doesn’t stop there. See, Los Angeles kept growing bigger and bigger. Soon, the water they took wasn’t enough. So they bought more land, building an aqueduct 338 miles in length. And still that wasn’t enough. So the city began taking water from the California Aqueduct and the Colorado River as well.
Laughs an evil laugh
But it still doesn’t stop there. See, a few years ago, a drought began in Los Angeles. All the water the city took still wasn’t enough for the people. Many of the people began conserving, which the people in this city are very good at. Los Angeles is one of the best cities for water conservation. But even that may not be enough, because the longer this drought lasts, the less water there is to go around.
Historically, some California droughts have lasted hundreds of years. This one has only lasted three years… so far.
And that drought? It’s STANDING RIGHT BEHIND YOU!
Does this story scare you? It should, because there’s very little planning in Los Angeles to look at long-term drought solutions. If you want to give this story a happy ending, get involved with greywater, stormwater capture, and recycling, because otherwise, there may not be much water left.