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Have you heard of "drought fatigue?"

Many Southern Californians are claiming that they've hit a wall when it comes to water conservation. Many are blaming "drought fatigue," saying that they've simply run out of ideas when it comes to how to conserve more water. In the face of extreme drought, which continues to be a major issue in our state in 2016, we always have to be coming up with new ways to conserve. But 9 out of 10 respondents to a survey conducted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said "I've already cut back on water use in my home as much as I can."

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While many residents have held out hope that the predicted El Nino winter would help combat the drought, it has not lived up to the expectations and we are still very much in the thick of the drought. Last spring Governor Jerry Brown imposed California's very first mandatory reduction in water use and many residents made significant changes, ripping out their lawns and replacing them with drought-resistant landscapes. But recent records show that the state is lagging in terms of conservation and stronger measures must be made to conserve. People get tired of being told they have to do more, which is likely a large piece of what leads to "drought fatigue." Residents need to hear some accolades and praise for what they've already done because there are many folks who have made some significant changes in the face of the drought. But we can all do more, such as look into more water-efficient toilets and appliances, taking shorter showers, and being mindful of sprinkler use. There's no act too small-- every drop counts.

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