We’re crazy for that stuff here in Los Angeles, and for at least three years now, we’ve been handed news, more news, and even regulations telling us we’re living in drought conditions.

But Green LA Coalition has put forth a contrasting idea. In Not Enough To Waste: Securing L.A.’s Water Future, a smartly designed and deftly written booklet (and accompanying website), they put forth the idea that Los Angeles is, in fact, not in a drought. Rather, the conditions of recent past years are simply a function of the climate in which we live.

Not Enough to Waste

The explanation from page four:

“You may have heard that Los Angeles is in a drought, but the fact is L.A. has a semi-arid climate, similar to the Mediterranean, where dry years are historically more common than wet ones. If we use our water resources wisely, we can find permanent solutions for a more reliable supply that reduces our dependence on imported water and maximizes our local water resources.”

They go on to explain the various sources of water that flow into Los Angeles, how we can use less, and how to be smarter about what we do use to make our current water resources last for years to come.

If you live in Greater Los Angeles, it’s well worth a read.

Download a PDF copy of Not Enough To Waste for yourself here.

Update: In light of the message changing in recent years — that is, California is in fact in a drought — this booklet does not seem to be available any longer. But if you want to see what it looked like, check out the portfolios of designers Joseph Prichard and Colleen Corcoran.


Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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