What is Yucca Valley going to do? The town council screwed up big time allowing the published of the local newspapers to control water rights to the former Blue Skies Golf Course. Dawn Rove was wheeling and dealing big time over the golf course scandal. The lady is up to her eyelashes in this controversy along with the HDWD. Someone else has written that story, soon to premiered.
Are the screwballs over at the HDWD competent and committed to deal with the town’s water drought problems?
Personally, I am doing my job at minimizing water use (even if the TPWD hasn’t a water shortage). The billing period during the last two month period is the lowest its been since I bought a home in the Morongo Basin 14 years ago. Ive used one “usage unit”. That’s under a thousand gallons. My landscape looks as good as any modest home because I only nurture highly adaptable vegetation and plants that survive droughts. And I implemented other successful “water diet” measures.
People, if you don’t at least have a water-saving showerhead, you may be either selfish or lack water conservation education.
Adapted in part from California drought: Why is there no mandatory water rationing?SOME CRACKDOWNS
A few communities have embraced strict rules. On Jan. 28, the St. Helena City Council ordered mandatory rationing, limiting each house to 65 gallons a person per day — one-third the state average — with warnings for first offenses, then fines of $374 for every 748 gallons above the limit. For the fifth offense, the fines triple.
“The message to the public right now is, ‘Hey, no more kidding around.’ We need to be very, very serious,” Mayor Ann Nevero said that day.
Within two weeks, city water use fell 33 percent.
Sacramento enacted 20 percent “mandatory” restrictions.
Most Bay Area residents have only 10 percent voluntary restrictions in place, and many residents want to increase the 10 percent.
“People in the government agencies don’t understand how bad it could be,” said Vincent Lui, a retired engineer in Los Altos who suffered through severe water shortages 60 years ago while growing up in Hong Kong. “They don’t seem to be taking this thing too seriously. We need to get tough quickly. We need to hit people where it hurts, in the pocketbooks.”
In Palm Springs, City Manager David Ready said “The city has already begun to reduce watering the grass and landscaping on city owned property.” Ready said he will update council on conservation efforts and he will plan a discussion on long term goals with City Council. Mayor Pougnet have already met with Ready to discuss the city’s conservation efforts. The city is initiating a water conservation subcommittee.
So… what is Yucca Valley going to do? Screw it up like every major issue that has come before them?
So why are there no “water diet” mandatory water rationing discussions taking place since the drought is pandemic and soberly it may be a permanent fixture in California’s future?
One reason is water districts and municipalities stand to loose income from water ratepayers if they are mandated to cut their usage by 20 percent. Surely we wouldn’t want that to occur because those executive and ranking water officials would surely be taking a pay cut. Personally, I believe the town council and the HDWD are clearly over their heads with contemporary problems; to wit, the severe drought, sewage problems, and crippling cronyism and inability to understand problems and solutions.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District estimates it will lose up to $20 million because of its request last month for a 10 percent voluntary reduction. L.A.’s Metropolitan district expects to lose $150 million by asking for 20 percent voluntary cutbacks.
Take normal environments like Los Angeles or San Diego: People are going to find it very stressful to rip out their lovely water-hungry landscapes and green lawns and change over to drought resistant natural landscapes.
What about the golf courses in SoCal?
Rationing may be future.
Editorial, Commentary and Opinion by Branson Hunter