Drought? What Drought?
Most San Diegans take water for granted. Who doesn’t? It is readily available right out of every sink, bathtub and shower in your home. It is more reliable than turning on a light switch. All of that could change in the not too distant future.
How severe is the problem? California Governor Jerry Brown announced a state of emergency on January 27th of this year, which will restrict the delivery of water to 29 water agencies throughout the state. This means that the largest agricultural areas in the state will be restricted from receiving water deliveries to their farms and ranches. These farms and ranches have accounted for more than $45 billion worth of produce revenues annually.
Is San Diego ready to endure an extended drought of up to twenty years or more? The experts suggest that we might look to our neighbors to the east for some advice.
In 1973, Arizona started building a 336-mile long aqueduct, the longest aqueduct in the country, at a cost of more than $4 billion. The project was completed in 1993. The water originates from the Colorado River and is distributed to cities throughout the course of the aqueduct.
Because of the importance of water, cities throughout Arizona have offered both restrictions and incentives to minimize the planting of water-hungry lawns and plant life. Most of the green lawns in Arizona are found on the golf courses and not in front of their homes. The golf course water is generally non-potable.
Real estate developers in Arizona are required by most cities to guarantee the ability to deliver 99 years worth of water to their developments, or they are denied building permits.
The San Diego Water Authority has stated that San Diego has enough water to get us through 2014, but 2015 could be another story.
If you have bought a new home in the past few years, you were probably amazed by the amount of legal disclosures that you were required to sign to complete the transaction. Do you know where your water is going to come from for the next 99 years? That real estate disclosure is probably just around the corner.
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