Support Conservation Measures to Combat Severe Drought


Target: California State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus

Goal: Cut back water overuse in restaurants and hotels in drought-stricken state.

California is attempting to implement new water use policies to combat the state’s long, debilitating drought. Regulations to stem excessive water use by the state’s residents have helped lessen the burden of the severe drought, but much more needs to be done to avoid serious environmental damage done by draining natural water sources.

A recent proposal from the State Water Resources Control Board could enforce further restrictions, this time targeting restaurants and hotels. The regulation would require restaurant goers to order glasses of water, keeping restaurants from delivering water to tables automatically. It would also force hotel customers to specifically request fresh towels and sheets instead of replacing them daily without a request for the service.

During the drought’s peak in the summer of 2014, emergency regulations banned washing cars with certain hoses and limited how often residents could water their lawns, though few long-term measures against water waste have so far been implemented. It is unclear how long the drought will continue, but it is certain that even once it is ended, water conservation will be a major issue for the state’s future.

The suggested regulations are a simple solution with potentially huge water savings. If the drought continues as severely as it has, the board may eventually deem the use of drinking water to maintain cemetery lawns and golf courses an unreasonable use of the limited resource, but is likely to start with smaller measures like managing restaurant and hotel water waste and restricting water use for fixtures like decorative fountains.

Sign this petition urging the State Water Resources Control Board to implement these important yet simple water saving measures.


Dear Ms. Marcus,

California’s severe drought requires a serious response from residents and businesses throughout the state. Without water conservation efforts, there’s no telling what the cost of such an extended drought will be to the environment.

In addition to the emergency water conservation regulations imposed by the state when the drought was most extreme, daily regulations to combat common water waste can have a real impact on the amount of water saved every day. The idea to enforce limitations on water use in hotels and restaurants by requiring guests to order a glass of water or fresh sheets and towels instead of supplying them automatically could greatly reduce the water consumption of these two prevalent businesses.

I urge you to enforce water conservation regulations in restaurants and hotels in California.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I say that we ALL need to go to a camp situation for one week where you have to haul water for drinking and bathing, in buckets over a yoke, over long rough terrain. Then maybe we’ll understand the value of water, and why we should not waste it – that our precious water is really not just a twist of the tap away. But that might be cruel.

  2. PS: my friend from Laos agrees with me.

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