I live in Southern California, and yes, we've got a really nice drought going on here. My city uses well water, and if needed additionally, water from the Metropolitan Water District. I'd like to straighten some of FutureChickenMan's statements about the water situation here. 1. Golf course greens are beautiful because they are watered with *reclaimed water*. The golf courses serve thousands of people, and bring in revenues to the city. They have economic valuable; our front yard lawns do not. 2. I don't know of any laundromats around here that have 30+year old washer/dryers. That doesn't make much sense economically, does it? Worn out appliances needing constant repairs and using waaay too much water and electricity. The only laundromats I've seen have commercial units that conserve. 3. One's land does not include using up the water table when a city depends upon that water. I'm thinking (don't know for sure) that the water meter is to preclude anyone from selling water or wasting it. 4. I have *never* heard of anyone being denied the right to remodel with his/her sinks. What goes for housing developments goes for individual homes, also. By law, the new sinks should have a low-flow water restricter on them. I'd like to know the specific cities that do this. 5. I don't know when you stayed in Los Angeles, but for years the hotels have had low-flow shower heads. It's just a way of life here. Perhaps some joker took offense to this and took the flow-restricter off while staying the night? 6. Many of the hotels leave a note on the desk of the room that you may leave stating you do not need the linens washed. You need to check the box or whatever indicating this. More hotels are doing this all the time. The majority of visitors to California still insist on clean linens every day. 7. I'm not sure what you mean by 'all the rain gutters'... is this personal homes you've seen? Commercial buildings? Collecting and using this water would be great, but not everyone is set up to do it. Our rain gutter water ends up in our yard, adding to the water table. It's not going down the gutter into the ocean. 8. The Home Owners' Assoc.'s have nothing to do with the Water Districts. If you have a complaint, talk to your hoa board, don't blame the Water District. I happen to love living in Southern California. Since you apparently didn't, I hope you are now enjoying eastern Washington state. It's not always 'drought or flooded' here. The water districts are doing their best with a bad situation. The water supply throughout the west is bad right now; everyone is experiencing drought. There is no 'stupidity' in the water control; it may not be perfect, but 'stupidity' is an inflammatory remark and uncalled for. Please don't bash California, the beautiful state that feeds more people in the nation than any other state in the union.