I just got a warning in the mail:
"Due to the ongoing drought, the Alameda County Water District can no longer meet ordinary water demands without depleting the available supply or reducing its quality to an unacceptable degree. As a result, on March 13, 2014, the ACWD Board of Directors declared a water shortage emergency ..."
Some forbidden practices:
"Draining and subsequent refilling of swimming pools"
"Use of non-recycling decorative water fountains"
"Hosing off sidewalks, driveways, etc."
What caught my eye was the manner or enforcement:
"REPORT WATER WASTE!
Call (510) 668-4299 or visit www.acwd.org/reportwaste if you see anyone violating these mandatory restrictions."
My immediate reaction was that encouraging neighbors to report one another is likely to bring back some bad memories to many who have resettled in the US.