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Let’s not expand our need for water during drought times

Posted: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The city of Santa Clarita’s response to my letter (June 23, “When will the city water medians responsibly?”) regarding watering, the saving of water and new landscaping was full of details.

It seemed, however, to skirt around the point I was trying to make — we are in a drought situation with no end in sight. We are reminded almost daily of this by the media.

We get letters from our water companies and, yes, even the city.

The fact that the city claims to be “saving” billions of gallons of water makes my point even more clear ... we are watering too much.

Has the city expanded its need for water faster than it has “saved” water?

One might wonder — where are these billions of gallons of water that have been saved? Certainly not in Castaic Lake.

The picture in The Signal a couple of weeks ago of the level of that lake should alarm us all and is visual proof that this drought is real and serious.

It seems that, before the lake dropped to 20 feet or lower below the intake tower, there could have been an assessment by the city of how much water we are using — not how much we are saving.

Instead, it now costs thousands of dollars a month just to pump the water that is left up to that intake. It will certainly take billions of gallons to get the level back where it should be.

I was not even remotely suggesting that the city use “fake” grass in any of our fantastic parks. Rather, I was suggesting that all of the new landscaping that has been added around the city could have been postponed until there actually is water to recycle through the “purple” pipes.

No one knows when this drought will end. There need to be priorities in place.

Citizens are now asked to ramp up from 20 percent to 30 percent savings on home use of water. I think many of us are already doing that and are happy to comply.

I also think the city should be making the decision on how it can “smartly control” the water it uses right now and not dwell on kudos from four years ago when we were not in a drought situation.



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