Save Wildlife from Severe Drought in California

drought by mark heard

Target: Fresno, California Mayor Ashley Swearengin

Demand: Introduce tiered water system so water is conserved and wildlife is saved.

Fresno, California has recently experienced severe drought which has caused the price of water to increase, though modestly. Homeowners pay just a few dollars more per month than they did before yet the drought gets worse and worse.

Santa Fe had a similar problem about 15 years ago and they developed a tiered billing system; those who used the most water paid the most per gallon. Since that date, the city’s water consumption has dropped by 20%. Since residents know they’re going to be paying more, they use less of it.

Although Fresno’s mayor says the city isn’t ready for it, desperate times call for desperate measures and this system has been proven to work. This system should be adopted so wildlife in the area is spared.


Dear Mayor Swearengin,

As you know, Santa Fe faced a similarly serious drought in 2001 as your city faces now. By adapting the tiered billing system, the city was able to cut back on 20% of its water usage and protect its environment. Because residents knew they would have to pay more for their water, they used less of it. Though the water bills of Fresno residents have all been increased, this is not enough to make an impact. We the undersigned urge you to follow in Santa Fe’s lead and adopt the tiered billing system to conserve water and save wildlife.


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Photo credit: Mark Heard

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