Yet, in one of those unimaginable, undeniable levelling moments history and nature are so fond of inflicting, it has.
On Wednesday California governor Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water usage by 25%. This is the first time California has been forced to impose such drastic measures.
Though farmers, already less productive because they have less water for irrigation, will be exempt, industrial parks and golf courses must cut a quarter of their water usage.
Householders will be encouraged to replace thirsty lawns with drought-resistant landscaping.
The rationing comes as California’s snow fields, the source of around a third of the state’s water, are at their lowest level since records began and this suggests that the inescapable drought, now entering its fourth year, is far from over.
Could it happen here?
It may be hard to imagine but who would have thought, 20 years ago, that Leinster’s water security would be dependent on importing water from the Shannon catchment?