California’s water conservation has been a bust so far. Will drought restrictions work?

Drought water conservation

Almost a year after Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded with Californians to voluntarily cut their water use by 15% amid a worsening drought, water conservation figures are still nowhere near that mark.

“We’ve been talking about drought for a really long time at this point, even though we had like a brief little lapse,” said Kelly Sanders, a professor of environmental engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. People are “becoming desensitized to the severity of the drought. You don’t hear people talking about it quite as much as you did in 2015 and 2016.”

Read story in the Los Angeles Times