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No excuses Rancho Santa Fe and other high-consumption users

Aren’t we in a serious drought?

If our North County, didn’t have gobs of potential recycled water available, I’d say Rancho Santa Fe was faultless to keep all that vegetation alive, using perfectly good potable (drinking) water.  But since, the area sewage treatment plants do dump perhaps 100 million gallons of treated effluent into the sea, (daily) there is no excuse for not creating tier rates for domestic water, that will force the “high-use” communities among us, into planning and implementing maximum “purple pipe water” use.  As a transplant from Riverside County, where, for 10 years, 100 percent of my local agency’s wastewater has been recycled, I am in “negative awe” that this region of San Diego has been so slow to adopt recycling.  Sure infrastructure is not cheap, but it is something that is needed, ASAP.

Local water officials, what have you been thinking?

G. Lance Johannsen, 



William Cummings March 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm

2012-2014 , driest 3 year period in Calif. recorded history ! 2014 , Record year for hottest temperatures since 1895 ! Snow-pack is only 19% of Calif. average ! State Water Allocation can only supply 20 % of requested amounts ! Now perhaps our Top 20 % Wealthy can profit from Privatizing Water . Maybe they can do like the President Bush’s Families . Afford to buy Amazonian Land over a Huge Underground water aquifer , most can’t ! So are we devolving to ‘ Survival of the Fittest ‘ ? Evaporating water from : Daylight sprinklers; pools ; fountains ; artificial streams & All Indoor Extravagances should be Penalized ! Golf Courses and Tropical Landscaping Deny that San Diego is a desert !

Dawn April 21, 2015 at 12:10 am

I’ll plant whatever the hell I want to. If you don’t like it you can go f off.

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