By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Southern Californians face a summer of sacrifice that includes taking shorter showers, letting lawns go brown and paying water fines as local agencies begin enforcing emergency water conservation measures beginning June 1.
If water users statewide fail to conserve 25 percent by the end of February, and if the drought continues into autumn 2016, state water experts predict draconian steps may be necessary, including some communities turning off water supplies, said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, on Wednesday.
“If it doesn’t rain by next fall, a number of communities will go to building more expensive facilities such as desalination plants like they did in Australia. Some may have to turn the water off,” she said.