Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day.
The State Water Resources Control Board is scheduled to adopt emergency regulations intended to put teeth into conservation efforts that so far have produced disappointing results.
“We are in a drought of historic proportions,” board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “Many urban water users don’t realize how bad this drought is. The latest numbers released show water usage state-wide has actually increased 1% since the governors proclamation issued in January.
San Francisco is concerned about these new regulations because of the need to hose down alley ways and sidewalks for health and safety reasons. This appears not to be a problem in Wildomar’s parks? There is no full time employee to observe what needs to be cleaned.
I hate seeing wasted water like that. At Windsong park they using lawn sprinklers instead of a drip line for plants that are surrounded by bark. If that makes you cringe you should check out the back of Ronald Reagan school off of La Estrella. I took some pics that show it coming out of the back of the campus, going down the dead end street. There just isn’t the same incentive for public employees to care for such things as if it were a private business where they had to actually pay the [water] bills with their own money. I’ll send you the pic that I took of the run off last month.
Agreed, many public agencies are extremely wasteful with taxpayer funded resources. Wildomar has chosen to maintain the parks with a part-time grounds keeper rather than a full time parks manager and things like improper sprinkler selection are going to be a problem. I know that qualified parks managers are more expensive, but?
As to the schools wasting water, that’s another whole nother animal, but they are benefiting Regency Heritage where the city appears to have thrown in the towel for the time being.
Martha L. Bridges July 17, 2014 at 07:46 am
Excellent and very salient observations from Mr. Mayes! As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and the photos in this blog confirm it. More to the point, these examples or observations about the poorly planned sprinkler systems at Wildomar’s parks are only one of the many possible concerns about the lack of quality control over work done with the taxpayers money.
Where are the promised oversight and improvements in the basic public services that was supposed to come along with Wildomar’s incorporation? It appears no one at city hall is providing quality control or assuring that services and maintenance are being properly performed. It’s time for the city to stop taking for granted that the services performed by both employees and contractors are being adequately done.