Water Supply
The choice: your drinking water, or your green lawn

To the editor: Thanks to Jay Famiglietti for the no-nonsense piece on water use in Southern California. ("How much water does California have left?," Op-Ed, July 8) Where I reside in south Orange County, nearly all of the potable water is imported, and yet the sprinklers are on almost every night to keep the ornamental lawns in my community emerald green all summer long. This, while small-scale food producers in the Central Valley are left high and dry. Are we stupid? Didn't we get the lesson from the Easter Islanders that using up crucial resources will drive us to extinction? I would gladly sacrifice all the lawns in the world for drinking water when I need it. Too bad we will...