Dead Lawns and Two-Minute Showers

Learning to Love Water Rationing in Santa Cruz

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As another disappointing rainy season drew to a close this spring, I began a new household chore. I walked across the parched and withered remnants of our front lawn and used a hefty screwdriver to lift the concrete cover off our water meter box. Brushing aside the cobwebs, I recorded the latest numbers from the analog dial. It’s a task I have repeated every week or two throughout the summer.

Here in Santa Cruz, tracking our water consumption has become a serious matter. Compulsory water rationing began in May.

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