Southern Californians take water for granted. Odd, since in its natural state Southern California is a desert. It’s a pity that water from desalination plants is expensive—whoever comes up with an effective, low-cost way to convert seawater into freshwater is going to change the world so much that the Internet could become a historical footnote.

But until then, we have to live in the world as it is. Catalina will move into water restrictions at the end of the month and it is only a matter of time before mainland communities face the same situation. The only good news in all this, is that Catalina now has an opportunity to be a leader by example to the mainland.

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