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California Drought News: Water meters for all? Plus, how climate change connects to drought



Three dozen water meters or more in San Francisco, but if this picture were in Bakersfield you wouldn't see any. Not everybody in California meters their water.
Three dozen water meters or more in San Francisco, but if this picture were in Bakersfield you wouldn't see any. Not everybody in California meters their water.
Thomas Hawk

Monday's news engages your inner primate's sense of competition and asks: "Why isn't anyone keeping track of how much water my neighbors use?"

Is climate change causing the drought? That may be the wrong question. Against the backdrop of California's thirst, a debate continues, in part over the way we talk about science in mainstream media.

[The true reason for the drought has] critical implications for how we assess risk and develop strategies to mitigate future problems and dangers. This is particularly true in the West, where we have built expensive and complex water resource systems to provide drinking water and support agriculture and industry. (NYT)

If you see something, say something: tell us urban water users what it's like not to have meters in the comments below.