But, seriously. Let's take a look at perpetually drought-stricken California. A 2/27/09 San Francisco Chronicle article, ("Cities face 20% cuts in water use during crisis"), begins:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, urging cities to cut their use of water 20 percent and paving the way for projects such as desalination plants and water recycling projects to bypass standard environmental reviews.
Despite heavy rainstorms this month, state officials say California's water supply remains critically low because of three dry winters in a row, restrictions on water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a population that has grown by 9 million since the last drought, in 1991.
In making the declaration, Schwarzenegger said the state must prepare for several more years with little rain. Experts predict this year's runoff - the critical spring melt from Sierra Nevada snow - will be 57 percent of normal.
"This drought is having a devastating impact on our people, our communities, our economy and our environment - making today's action absolutely necessary," Schwarzenegger said.
The governor's proclamation stopped short of invoking mandatory statewide rationing, but officials said that option - which would be a first in California history - is available if other tactics fail.
"No Californian can use water as though we have an unlimited amount, period," said Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies.
Water supply, water use, water conservation, desalination, grey-water recycling... all are topics we will visit and revisit here at Metro Green but, for now, let's just agree - with vast geographic regions (North-central Africa, Sudan, etc.) and population centers across the globe fighting to find, develop and make available a reliable supply of clean potable water, the final thought above (in italics) should probably, by now and for the future, be amended to read, "
"No PERSON can use water as though we have an unlimited amount, period."Period, amen.