Council Comments Column by Mike Levitt City Councilman, Fifth District
If you’ve heard or read the news recently, you know that those of us in Leisure World, along with the rest of the folks in California, are in the midst of a record-shattering drought.
Rainfall in the southland is down to about 20 percent of normal. Northern California snowpacks (we get much of our drinking water when they melt) are at a third of normal level. Reservoirs are lower than they have ever been.  Thousands of acres of California farmland are turning into the 21st century dustbowl. Supermarket prices for produce are starting to skyrocket.
Cities throughout the state are imposing water restrictions and penalties for violators. It’s time to face the reality that we are in a climate-changing, life-altering situation.
If we are to continue to have enough water for drinking, cooking and showering, and at prices we all can afford, then it’s time to adopt strict water-saving measures.  
Lush green lawns and shrubbery consume a huge percentage of water used in LW. Therefore, the mutuals and Golden Rain Foundation must decide on what changes in landscaping will take place.
Certainly the low-water plants indigenous to an arid region like ours must be considered. This can be an attractive alternative to grass and bushes. Just take a look on Pelham Road at the end of carports 72 and 73. 
I know most of us moved here for the wide, spacious green belts and park-like atmosphere. But that was then, and this is now. And now there is much that we can and must do as individual residents.  
All too often, residents drop a hose into their rose gardens, let it run slowly, then forget it. 
Soon, while they are sleeping or watching TV, precious water is being lost down the sidewalk, into the storm-water runoff and out to the ocean. 
To prevent that from happening, all garden-area watering should be done with a hand-held hose with a working nozzle. No run-off onto the sidewalk and down into the gutter can be allowed.
Car or golf cart washing should be done only at the official GRF carwash near Clubhouse 2, where the water from high pressure hoses is filtered and recycled. Anywhere else, the soapy water, the rinse water are literally down the drain and out to sea. Gov. Brown has mandated a 20- percent reduction in water usage. He is absolutely correct in doing this, and individual water bills may soon be monitored for compliance. 
I have not painted a pretty picture here.  But just imagine a new mandated lifestyle under the very real possibility of alternate days with no water. 
It’s happened elsewhere and certainly could happen here.