Perhaps the purpose of the current cosmetic water conservation program is to educate Los Angeles residents about what many native Californians are already aware of: that water is a precious and scarce commodity. Perhaps that explains why the effort seems directed to the individual resident rather than to real water wasters.
We are required to ask for a glass of water in a restaurant, while behind the bar a few feet away there is an open tap over the rinse sink from the time the restaurant opens. And other open valves are found in the kitchen.
We are required to deprive our pansies of water while water drips from leaky fire hydrants all over the city. We could fill every glass in every restaurant with the water that has leaked from the fire hydrant in the 1000 block of North Evergreen Avenue this year.
We are asked to refrain from flushing toilets with every use, while tens of thousands of gallons of wasted water constantly course through the storm drain at the corner of Wabash and Evergreen avenues, when it has not rained for weeks or months.