Target: Governor of California Jerry Brown
Goal: Praise California for taking drastic action to save and conserve water during the drought
Governor Jerry Brown of California asked residents to conserve water in January 2014. Historical low rainfall along with draining water reservoirs, and an indifferent public has forced the state to undergo drastic action to ensure all communities have water. A fine of up to $500 will be imposed on those who waste water, and actions such as watering gardens, washing cars, and hosing down sidewalks could be fined.
The governor asked the state to conserve their water by at least 20 percent, but in May 2014, water usage went up by 1 percent. Those in urban communities don’t understand the severity of the situation, and locations such as Los Angelos, San Diego, Orange County, and other South Coast regions have upped their water usage by a whopping 5 percent. Other regions have conserved and done what the governor has asked, but drastic measures are being taken to ensure everyone has water.
The state’s water control board is imposing a mandatory restriction on potable water usage. Residents can only water their gardens two days a week, and it also prohibits the washing of sidewalks and driveways, and bars the washing of cars without a shut off nozzle. Violating any of these restrictions could impose a $500 fine a day.
The severe drought in California has hit the agriculture sector hard, and rural communities are also suffering. Those who live in urban areas don’t understand the situation because they have easy access to water. Those in California should conserve their water to ensure all communities stay hydrated. Thank the governor of California for imposing such harsh restrictions so everyone will survive.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
In January of 2014, you asked California residents to cut down on their water usage by 20 percent because of a severe drought. This request has been largely ignored as water usage has gone up by 1 percent statewide. This has resulted in your water board imposing restrictions on all communities. Residents won’t be able to water their gardens everyday, hose down their sidewalks, or perform other activities that involve water.
I am writing this letter to praise your government for this drastic action. Many communities do not understand the gravity of this situation and I am glad that the government is doing all it can to ensure that this problem doesn’t escalate. I hope water usage will continue to decrease until the winter months arrive to replenish the state’s water reservoirs.
[Your Name Here]
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