Some climate researches believe that we are moving into a mega-drought and need to start completely rethinking how we utilize and ration our water resources. While I don't disagree with the need to be good stewards of our resources, I am unsure if we are headed toward a mega-drought. We went through 7 years of drought in the early to mid 1980s and were delivered from dry with a bout of El Nino years so wet that we flooded. No one seems to understand the fact that there really is no such thing as average rain fall in the desert. There are dry years and there are wet years; the average of which is supposed to be our allotment for a given year. It never works that way. At this time,unseasonably warm summer ocean temperatures have extended into fall, and the appearance of tropical fish in local waters seem to indicate we are going into an El Nino season, but that is yet to be seen.
Instead of obsessing over water during drought years, we should be ever developing better access to water resources and conserving the resources we do have, most especially developing technologies that allow us to tap into other supplies and reuse reclaimed water. I gladly gave up my lawn; but I would hate to see a day come that I cannot grown my vegetables and water my flowers. I have to believe there is a better solution then to let all our plants die; the economic and emotional costs of would be great indeed.