In times of increasingly desperate drought conditions, it seems as though Californians are applying the old adage "You have to spend money to make money" to water. Sadly, that is just not how things work, and residents of the state that has been brutalized by water shortages are actually using more water now than they did before the drought set in.
Well, not all Californians are to blame; most of them have significantly reduced their water consumption this May compared with an average from the same month over the last three years. It's a pesky pocket in Southern California, including Los Angeles and San Diego, that has been largely responsible for the state's 1% overall increase in water use, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
As you can see from the infographic below, most of the state has pitched in during the drought. Unfortunately, the excesses of Southern California are hurting everyone (in more ways than one, probably), especially when you consider that California grows much of the food that the rest of the country consumes.
Most troubling, perhaps, is that while this behavior is bad enough now, it could be even worse in the future, with global climate change likely to increase the frequency of major weather events like droughts. Get it together, SoCal!