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Cooperating ourselves dry

Posted: August 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Regarding The Signal editorial “Cooperation needed during water crisis” published in the Aug. 3 issue of the paper: Where in this cooperation do the state, county and city responsibilities come into play?

I am not talking about tokenisms, such as backing off the watering of public areas. I am talking about the continuing expansion of new housing when we can’t even support the utilities for existing housing.

I drive to Las Vegas through Victorville and see large new housing developments in the middle of what is essentially a desert. What are they thinking?

The scenario is all too clear. Build more housing, run out of utilities, charge residents more money for their existing utilities and then finally tell them they can’t even use them fully.

Now, once again, it is time for us to sacrifice, for us to cut back.

California as a whole has a history of poor planning and making bad deals regarding water conservation.

Valencia lately seems to be on a housing expansion binge, probably salivating at the new tax revenues, contractor fees and the prestige from managing a larger town.

In the meantime we are all supposed to take shorter showers and watch our lawns turn brown for the sake of bureaucracy, politics and the resulting refusal to intelligently plan ahead regarding utilities to support it all.

 

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