Recognizing we live in a desert

Today's LA Times has an article on the apparent contradiction between importing the vast majority of our water needs into southern California and the fact that we do not try to captures more of the water that DOES fall here.

It's part of a slow realization that we live in a desert, and ought to act more like water is a valuable commodity. That means using less water. It also means making better use of what does fall here. Short-sighted politicians, including some in Rosemead, complain when they are told their city can no longer just dump their waste water into our rivers. They might as well just flush our tax dollars down the toilet, because water is money.