By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
After a sweaty day outdoors, you’re only halfway through an evening shower with shampoo stinging your eyes when it hits you: You’ve just about used up your water ration for the day. And you still have to water your petunias and wash your dirty socks.
What to do?
Though it may sound exaggerated, California is inching closer to a reality just like that in the not-too-distant future if the drought continues at its scorching pace.
In fact, many experts predict some degree of water rationing could start by next summer, unless California residents and businesses decrease their water usage by 20 percent or more — or it rain buckets this winter.
What is likely to be the fourth straight year of drought has arrived and it is real. The numbers don’t lie. The state is in a drought and nearly all of it is in a severe or extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, an arm of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.