Post by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (2/5/14)
California's drought is getting very serious — so serious that even those water refills you didn't ask for at restaurants are now under scrutiny.
"We have not had this dry a time period in all of California's history since we've been keeping records — that's how bad it is," Rep. Jim Costa, D-CA, who represents a district in the Central Valley, told reporters on Tuesday.
Across the state, towns and cities are looking for ways to prod businesses and consumers to cut back on water use. Some cities' water-rationing plans are even aiming at restaurants, some of which routinely waste a lot of water every day when they dump out the glasses customers leave on the table.
"The water left on the table seems like such a small thing, but it's something that adds up over time, especially if the restaurant has busers refilling glasses," says Angelica Pappas of the California Restaurant Association.