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How To Curb Water Use
updated: Aug 13, 2014, 6:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

My wife and I are moving down to the Costa Mesa/Newport area hopefully within the next few weeks. We've been down there twice now to try and find a good location to move into but we are both SHOCKED by the immense number of green lawns and running water down the street! Comparing to Santa Barbara, SoCal doesn't appear to have cut back at all. Maybe 10% of homes we drove by had lawns they let die, another 10% had some sort of drought tolerant landscaping, but the other 80% had beautiful green lawns... There were those reports a month ago stating that there was a water increase of 1-4% in LA and San Diego, very easy to see that when you drive through.

Is there anything we can do as a community here to try and curb their use? Any ideas of what we could do once we are down there? It's sickening how many of us are trying to conserve and others turn a blind eye to the mess we are in. Thank you!

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 COMMENT 544288 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 06:06 PM

If the folks down south think they've got enough water to waste, why should that concern you? There will be no state water delivery this year and they certainly don't get water from Cachuma, so what's the problem?


 COMMENT 544292 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 06:11 PM

just worry about yourself....the real issue is ag water..until ag pays full price waste will continue. No, I dont want to try to solve the problems of LA and Orange county...


 COMMENT 544310 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 07:49 PM

Gritz What are you THINKING??? You want to keep AG land as close to you as possible! If you charge AG meters the same price you will drive farming away, out of state. Then developers eventually move in AND you have more housing and then food from another State........you pay a much higher price for food that has traveled across state or from different Countries. Most AG water is ground water anyways. Check your Mexico labels for most of the food in Trader Joes and Vons etc. as this Country makes it even harder on the farmers. State water has been taken away from a lot of farms in the San Juaquin Valley thus the Mexico product influx. GRITZ if you think like that Gritz will be all you will be able to eat! Wise up


 COMMENT 544318P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 08:22 PM

Ground water is a finite resource. Some doesn't get replenished at all, and some refills after rain - which the state is sorely lacking. Because California's water rights go back to the days when Orange County was known for the color of its citrus rather than its fake tans, the laws are not in touch with today's realities. Farmers are allowed to pump up all they want while thirsty cities and industries have developed over former groves, and that's a recipe for disaster. It's a new century and California agriculture has to become sustainable, too.


 COMMENT 544363 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:06 AM

Pretty silly question.


 COMMENT 544408 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 08:38 AM

Orange County had a law stating that all businesses were required to have lawn for a uniform look. It's up to government to set the example that we "should" in all good conscience follow.


 COMMENT 544412P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 08:42 AM

Hate to knock everyone in OC, but the majority in those (formerly agricultural areas) that saw massive development do seem to be a breed apart with a very strong sense of entitlement.


 COMMENT 544415P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 08:44 AM

Are you sure you really want to move down there? LA/OC folks usually flee north the minute they get the chance..... Good luck with the traffic; just make sure you work very close to home.


 COMMENT 544422 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 09:08 AM

San Diego north county looks just as greenly unaware of any water issues... just another reminder that the OC is a different universe.


 COMMENT 544427P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 09:26 AM

When necessary, one hopes high water users will get the liver and lights fined out of their hides. Until then, all you can do is watch your own household, especially if you don't want to be a pariah in your new neighborhood from Day One.


 COMMENT 544448 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 10:21 AM

Well, for those of us familiar with the east side of the Sierra, cutting off the water in the aqueduct for a few weeks might open their eyes! The water was effectively stolen from the area by LA and ruined a fertile area forever.

In San Jose where I moved to from Santa Barbara, too much water was being taken out of the water table and San Jose was settling creating all sorts of problems. Fortunately Loyd Fowler an engineer with the water district implemented a series of water ponds filled when we had lots of water and the recharging of the water table to where it had been 100 years previous.

My recollection is that he was hired by SB in the late 1960s. I wonder if he attacked the water table dropping in Santa Barbara and area.


 COMMENT 544528P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 01:30 PM

One positive thing happening down south in the OC is the further expansion of the treatment plant in aptly named Fountain Valley that purifies wastewater to replenish ground water stocks - an essential step to keep salt water from moving into the aquifers. Turning reclaimed water into drinking water is doable (call it toilet-to-tap or showers-to-flowers), and we need to add planning for that to desalination.


 COMMENT 544529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 01:31 PM

They don't have meters so the Water Co doesn't know how much water they are using.


 COMMENT 544630 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 04:53 PM

You forgot to mention the plethora of full pools.


 COMMENT 545556 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 06:35 AM

South of Santa Barbara is Santa Cruz Island.


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