I’m tired of politicians asking us to conserve water when they won’t even dare touch agriculture. They use 70-80\% of the drinkable water and it gets exported to the rest of the country and world in the form of fruits and vegetables. And they kept sucking the ground dry as well, so that’s probably irreparable now. So people have to conserve the water so that a tiny sliver of rich landowners can waste it to make a ton money.
The reality is that farm water has already been rationed for more than two decades by green politics, starting with the 1992 federal Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Federal protections for the delta smelt, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon (2008-2009) further restricted water pumping at the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, so 76\% of freshwater inflows, mainly from the Sierra Nevada mountains, spill into San Francisco Bay and on to the Pacific Ocean.
A common claim is that agriculture consumes about 80\% of “developed” water supply, yet this excludes the 50\% taken off the top for environmental purposes. Farmers typically consume about 80\% of the remainder, so only 40\% of the total. Urban users get the rest. Note also that state and federal water projects, which export water from the Delta, have slashed contractual allocations more for agriculture than to urban users. From the high-speed rail boondoggle to the restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Californians are paying through their teeth for services rarely, if ever, rendered.
And all too often environmentalists are a part of that problem; by using their substantial political leverage to halt water storage projects and restrict pumping to save a three-inch fish, they are slowly but surely bleeding Californians dry.