Several years ago, when government officials first started talking about California's severe drought, I turned a deaf ear. How could I take what they said seriously when every other day they were approving the construction of new homes?
During the last few years, I actually increased my water consumption while many of my dumb neighbors cut back. Why? Because I realized that when things got really bad (but not that bad to halt the construction of new homes), homeowners would be forced to reduce their water consumption based on a previous year's use.
I wanted to make sure that my previous year was high enough so that when I was forced to reduce, I'd still be able to do all the things I like to do.
If the politicians had stopped new construction once the drought became apparent, I would have done my part. They didn't. So, I didn't either!
MARCY BAXLER, Huntington Beach