Hey John: Something rather entertaining has gone in my neighborhood today. The people across the street have had their sprinklers on over 5 hours now. They aren't home. This is not the first time they have had this happen. The Fire Department came before.
I have no idea whether a message was passed to the Water Department, or if they were warned or whatever. I know the city is closed Friday, but I called anyway. I was referred to a number to report a water emergency. Turns out it's the Police Department. The dispatcher had no clue what to do but she would ask around.
So, I wrote to John Capoccia; no answer. I wrote to Bruce Inman; no answer; I wrote to the City Hall e-mail address that says report water waste; no answer. Over an hour goes by. The sprinklers are still going strong.
So, since no phone numbers are given on the City Hall site to any department, calling is futile. The hours for the water people cut off at 2:00 PM and no one is in on Friday. How very quaint.
So I write Elaine Aguilar. She actually wrote back. She advised me that there is nothing they can do. They can't go on the property. They will be given a notice or a fine if this happened before and was reported. I have no idea if these people are out of town.
I know they aren't home. I resorted to calling their alarm company and they said they can only leave a message for them. They aren't always at the house, but usually they are there on Friday nights by 8:00 PM as they usually have a rip roarin' gambling event going on.
So, here we are in this drought and the city has no provision for this. This can't be the only house that has problems with their timers in the whole city. How many times has this happened and nothing has been done? No on-call staff? SMPD all checked out on water, too?
I just thought I would share my day with you, as I'm sure you have nothing better to do.
Signed, Concerned Resident
(Mod: A few hours later I received the following follow up email from our friend Concerned Resident.)
At 3:45 PM the son showed up. He had to drive all the way from USC. The parents are out of town, and the son did not seem to know what to do.
The police finally showed up as well, as did someone from the water department (I've never seen him before) and shut down the sprinkler system. Apparently there was a broken valve. Mr. Capoccia returned my call and wanted to know if it was a leak. I wrote him back and explained. End of story.
(Mod: Great letters, thanks Concerned Resident. You see how hard it is going to be to get a handle on water waste in Sierra Madre? And that doesn't include all the leakage from all of those old pipes, which in my opinion accounts for a lot of it.)
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