California residents rat out neighbors for water use
California's severe drought has been making headlines for months, and recently residents ratting each other out has become the talk of many towns...literally.
MSNBC says, "They've set up hotlines where people can call and say things like 'I see my neighbor washing his car.'"
See how other Californian residents responded on Twitter:
unprecedented drought 3 straight days @CityofFresno watering after 9am Robinson Park; waste on Browning St #cadrought http://t.co/go34WJ9B8c
.@CityofFresno let's inventory our sprinklers; @ Browning & Robinson Elementary sprinklers run every day. #cadrought http://t.co/qgzS1q2G7r
Brown is the new green. #CADrought Pic by Bill Delaney. cc @saveourwater http://t.co/OPIy3hgwlk
Yup, pressure washing the sidewalk in San Francisco during the #CaDrought in front of Metreon. http://t.co/wFl5Vnu1Wv
@sahandmirza @sfgov Where's Tim Howard when you need him? http://t.co/C9DebbALtc
Streets don't grow, keep it on the grass! Don't over water, fix your broken sprinklers! More @ http://t.co/5M44PT8Ufo http://t.co/cQqEuxkEZP
We are doing all we can to #saveourwater . Use water wisely! http://t.co/aKGbXdpmCF
Not watering my lawn because of #CAdrought Goodbye lawn. @CBSSF http://t.co/ZQVdREybCg
I'm bouts to turn in that neighbor I don't like #DroughtShaming #California
Fox News reports, "If I in the middle of the night, as some neighbors are doing, are sneaking out. One woman is saying her husband is sneaking out at night and waters the lawn. And you're waking up and it's green, you know he's doing it."
Some California water districts have been given their own Conservation Hotline number. This year those hotlines have been used plenty.
The New York Times reports in the past five months, water consumption has only decreased 5 percent. But after the request to keep neighbors accountable, Sacramento alone has already received about 6,000 complaints.
Some are also using social media to call people out - and not just their neighbors.
The Times pointed to a tweet about a city worker washing a sidewalk. The tweet reads, "Is washing the sidewalk with water a good idea in the drought @sfgov?"
Back in January, California's governor gave residents a warning about the drought's severity, and what needed to happen to save water.
ABC says, "Don't flush more than you have to. Don't shower longer than you need to... Every day this drought goes on, we're going to have to tighten the screws on what people are doing."
The Sacramento Bee notes residents have been asked to only water their yards twice a week and they've even been given specific days at which they can.
The City of Sacramento is even offering a lawn sign that reads "Gold is the New Green" to let neighbors know they're doing their part to conserve water.
California has had less than a fourth of its normal rain fall this year, and unfortunately, after all this, people aren't cutting back much on their water usage.
The New York Times says, "In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years."
According to News Channel Daily, some county parks have had to close their camping areas because of water scarcity. And some couples have even had to cancel their wedding plans if they were scheduled at those parks.
This intense drought it predicted to last until at least September.