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Cutting back on water use

Posted: May 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A couple of years ago, when local officials said to cut down on the use of water, the wife and I bought a new dishwasher and a new washing machine that use less water.

We also changed all of our sprinkler heads and got a tankless water heater.

Now the city is digging up the center dividers and putting in dirt, trees, bushes and flowers. Who is paying for that?

Who is paying for the water to tend those plants?



Baddog1: Posted: May 15, 2014 8:11 a.m.

You are Carl, and so am I.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:40 a.m.

I've been complaining about this very issue for a long time.

Indy: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:04 p.m.

Yes, whatever landscaping is installed by the city, it should be ‘drought tolerant’ and be of ‘native species’ that are used to hot dry conditions.

Or we just fill in the medians with rock . . .

But indeed, only so much water falls from the sky . . . and that ‘share per person’ drops as CA’s population continues to expand.

Sadly, the population issue is never discussed in our politics in that our leaders promise us ‘unlimited’ growth while simultaneously ignoring the inherent ‘resource constraints’ of nature.

So I applaud the LTE writer for taking responsible steps to reduce his home water use and appreciate this suggestion that the local city do the same thing.

Now we need to move up the political ladder to our two state legislators and request that comprehend the concept of ‘sustainable growth’.

Since most folks don’t know what ‘sustainability’ means, here’s a site dedicated to the concept:

Another organization that addresses sustainability is the Worldwatch Institute:

And the UN is doing a great job in addressing this issue globally:

If you’re wondering why our ‘leaders’ won’t address sustainable growth, it’s simply doesn’t fit the current ‘unlimited’ growth recitals of same including Obama during his SOTU speech.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to ‘lead the leaders’ who today mainly ‘poll’ the uninformed and use that polling to chart our future?

Indy: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:05 p.m.

chefgirl358 wrote: I've been complaining about this very issue for a long time.

Indy: Who have you addressed this to?

17trillion: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:29 p.m.

"chefgirl358 wrote: I've been complaining about this very issue for a long time.

Indy: Who have you addressed this to?"

It's a secret Indy and you're not allowed to know.

Indy: Posted: May 15, 2014 4:48 p.m.

gadfly - a person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests, etc.

cirago: Posted: May 16, 2014 1:39 p.m.

As I write San Fernando and Golden Valley roads are being dug up and these unnecessary forests are being planted in the middle of those thoroughfares.

I've often wondered why the city seems to do this on literally every street it can.

I'm going to guess that there is an unholy alliance between some in city government, the contractors that rip up our streets, and the multi million dollar landscaping companies that plant and maintain all this unnecessary vegetation.

Besides the obvious waste of water, the forests of trees planted in many medians block the view of oncoming traffic signals and in some cases traffic itself. Many traffic signals are obstructed by these forests until you are almost upon them and many turns are made dangerous because oncoming traffic can't be seen through the trees that the city has placed in the line of site.

The city should try to busy itself with something other than wasteful spending on unnecessary water wasting vegetation that does nothing but put money in the pockets of those closely affiliated with city government and presents a safety hazard to those of us who must use those roads.

ricketzz: Posted: May 18, 2014 7:27 a.m.

Concrete planters cause backups at left turn lanes all over the city. They should be landscaped arid, with sage and the like, when you must put something in the middle of the road; not killer trees like on Soledad.

The city wants "art" but almost every move the city makes shows a complete lack of aesthetic awareness. Klassy with a capital K.

AlwaysRight: Posted: May 19, 2014 4:09 p.m.

Anyone notice on Railroad this weekend that the City tore up all of the new irrigation lines that they just installed? LOL

Also, there were two light poles knocked down at the traffic circle in Newhall. The City is getting very good at removing the burned and twisted wreckage from the circle before the Signal can get over there to take pix.

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