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Drought shaming: Not a good way to promote water conservation
Drought shaming: Not a good way to promote water conservation

There’s something about a crisis that brings people together. Unless it’s California and it’s a drought, in which case neighbors start to turn on each other. There’s a boom in drought shaming, with people posting pictures of sprinkler puddles and complaining about their neighbor’s 20-minute shower on social media. Water agencies that set up hot lines or email addresses for “water conservation education” are receiving hundreds, even thousands, of reports of wasters. The State Water Resources Control Board upped the ante this week by prohibiting blatant water waste, such as hosing down sidewalks, and allowing local authorities to issue fines of up to...

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