Regarding âDaily fine expected for water wastersâ (Home page, December 19): This story does not reflect current reality. Most suburban water users have already reduced their total water consumption. Much of the reason the reservoirs dry up so quickly is due to the cultivation of almond trees.
Almond growers in California added about 340,000 acres of orchards in just three years, from 2018 to 2020. A single almond may require 1.1 gallons of water to grow. Only a few trees could use as much water as some households for an entire year. Add to these facts that 80% of California’s almonds are exported and agriculture accounts for 80% of California’s water use overall. We export our water abroad in the form of nuts.