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In California today, drought levels are at the highest they have ever been. On Tuesday, May 4, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown imposed the first mandatory urban water conservation rules in state history. These new rules will start June 1 and will remain until February. The new rules include limits on lawn watering, bans on washing cars and filling swimming pools (in some areas), and the use of water cops to give out tickets for people using to much water or watering their lawns on the wrong day. Different conservation targets were placed on different cities from a range of 8 percent to 36 percent based off their per capita use of last year. Fines of up to 10,000 dollars a day can be fined to cities who do not make the percent. Despite the new mandates given by Jerry Brown, California continues to waste water. Brown was hoping for an overall decrease of 25 percent in water use, however, this goal was not reached. The largest 410 cities and water districts reduced water use by only 3.6 percent in March, compared to the baseline year of 2013. As President Ruvalcaba, I believe that shower heads need to replaced, promote healthy eating habits, and mandatory leak checks.
In order to decrease the amount of water usage, I think it is necessary to make sure every household has water efficient shower heads. Showers alone account for 17 percent of daily indoor water usage. If every American installed an efficient shower head, enough water would be saved to supply more than 2.5 million homes with their water needs for one year. As president, I will make it mandatory for every home in California to have these shower heads. The shower heads will be supplied to every house in California depending on the needs of their specific home (including the size and quantity needed). These will be provided to each person directly to their home for convenience sake. If any house does not comply to this new rule, they will be fined 1,000 dollars per efficient shower head not used. 260 billion gallons of water and nearly $5.1 billion in water and energy costs across the country annually if every home uses the new shower heads. Along with other things, I believe this will help reduce the harsh affects of the drought.
Another way I will help control the usage of water is by promoting healthy eating habits. By healthy eating habits, I specifically mean eating more fruit and vegetables and less animal products. I am not going to the extreme and saying everyone needs to become vegan or vegetarian; however, by reducing animal product intake dramatically we will be able to save millions of gallons of water. For every pound of beef a person does not eat, anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water would be saved. This is such a significant amount that by simply reducing meat intake, a substantial amount of water can be saved. Now, my plan to lower the intake of meat across California is to send speakers to every elementary school to inform children the importance of eating healthy and saving water at the same time. Children and parents will be encouraged to eat meat only once to twice a week and practice healthier eating habits. Also, schools will offer meat fewer times per week in school lunches. Overall, the most important task is to save water and prevent falling into a deeper hole than we are already dug into. Therefore, eating healthy and saving water by eating less meat will be beneficial to the environment and ourselves.
My third method of water waste prevention is to make sure every home is leak free. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. In order to prevent 1 trillion gallons of water from being wasted, it is important for every home to be inspected for leaks semiannually. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers. I will require that every home be inspected otherwise they will be issued a fine for every leak they have. Fines will be determined on how much water is being wasted, but the minimum fine shall be started at $100. These inspections shall be conducted by plumbers appointed by government officials. This is will allow for the highest degree of quality inspection as well as creating more jobs for people. Inspections will be all around the home; inside and out. Price of inspections shall be determined depending on the size of the house, but will not be a excessive amount.
In conclusion, these ratifications need to be made in order to boost our economy and our future living. With lower pressured shower heads in everyones household we will save enough water to supply 2.5 million other homes with the amount of water they need, and still able to take our normal showers. Healthy eating is key to a good future and health as well as saving water. For every pound of beef a person does not eat, anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water would be saved. House shall be inspected to have the most update housing system and make sure everything runs smoothly. With no leaks in ones house added together accounts for 1 trillions of galloons wasted which could go to much better uses. Such as our crops, our homes, our future water supply. Once these requirements our met, our nation shall succeed.
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