Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pasadena Star News Editorial Confirms Aging Water Infrastructure Plays A Role In Sierra Madre's Inability To Hit Its State Mandated Water Reduction Numbers

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A little cameo appearance for The Tattler recently in a Pasadena Star News editorial on water use reductions, but also a confirmation of something we have been saying all along. Sierra Madre's inability to hit its state mandated water use reduction goals is due at least in part to its leaking water infrastructure. The editorial is titled "Arcadia, Sierra Madre cut to chase on water-wasters." This opinion piece can be linked to in its entirety here.

Here is the part that I am talking about today.

Neighboring Sierra Madre is taking the unusual step of calling its 30 biggest users onto the City Hall carpet — “rounding up the usual suspects,” as the local Tattler blog says of the “Dirty 30.” A little frank talk, along with a new tiered rate structure charging big users more, ought to produce some results. 

But Sierra Madre also needs to come to terms with the fact that its aging water infrastructure is not only sending discolored water to its citizens’ taps — significant leakage from water mains is also keeping it from meeting state conservation targets. So it’s by no means just citizens who need to change their ways. Though it’s citizens who will pay the price.

Decades of neglect are not treating this town well. It is also no longer a secret.

Los Angeles Times Report on Sierra Madre Water Usage for September

The effects of all of those leaking pipes could have played a role in this Los Angeles Times "drought report card" article. Here are the numbers. You can link to the entire article here.


Of course, nobody at City Hall has been able (or perhaps we should say willing) to determine exactly how much of Sierra Madre's water overuse is due to leaking water mains. But that nearly double the California state average usage figure the LA Times cites here should give people a little something to think about.

It is hard to see how this can all be the residents' fault.

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27 comments:

  1. Step back and take a good long look around, what use to be a cheap and plentiful commodity such a natural gas, electricity even water for the average Californian has now nearly gone through the roof. And this use to be the lure that brought citizen's to California not anymore, who is to blame for this huge increase? Politicians yes politician's who think they can spend their way out of static economical conditions? With what TAX dollars but no matter how much these state and local p[politician's rake in to their coffers it will never make up the LOSS of ever increase demand on infrastructure support like water the transmission systems and not putting some of this FREE money back in to the system it's self - out of sight out of mind? Kick the can down the road approach has finally got a flat tire and now is in serious danger of forcing the Fed's or State official's to under write repairs if not all out over hauls of cities water distribution system's. Remember this, how many times have you heard a self indulging politicians say, they can't tell us what to do, we know best. That phrase just caught up with them and now is biting them and other's in their backside and resident's in their wallets.

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  2. Welcome to creeping Socialism.Not the beign Scandinavian version.The autocratic EU version. Just look at what it has done to Europe since WW2. Now we are emulating their failed system of increasing Govt control .With that comes many frightening changes. Visit France,England,Sweden,Germany and see our future .It is bleak.

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    1. You make zero sense, zero.

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    2. Please explain your dismissive comments based on your intimate knowledge of the social and economic history of Europe since WW2. I am all ears.

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  3. Maybe the water department doesn't want to know how much water they lose to leaks because then they would have to fine themselves.

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    1. If the water dept. cannot figure out how much water is lost to leaks doesn't that mean they don't know how much water is being brought into town? So how can they know how much water we're actually using?

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  4. Raising the UUT will do nothing to replace the aging water pipes. Vote no on the UUT next April. Also vote no on Capoccia and Herabedian who will both be on the same ballot. Then we may be able to replace the water pipes.

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  5. Vote yes on the UUT increase to insure the retirement benefits for the city employees. We can drink bottled water.

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  6. Our family and friends are ready. To sign the UUT tax petition, who do we contact?

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  7. I just don't get it! City hall has no money, city hall is a water abusser, city hall has been working on city landscape for the past 3 months, where does city hall plan to get the money and water to pay for this $200,000 landscape project?

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    1. The city hall landscape project cost $50,000 and all the money was donated.

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    2. "Donated" by the taxpayers.

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    3. Do you think it will be finished before El Nino starts?

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  8. The UUT does not go for infrastructure repair. It goes for pensions and salaries. We need to outsource everything so we can then use the money we save and get to work fixing our town.

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  9. To fix our town (the water pipes, streets, and sidewalks) Harabedian has a simple solution. Get 66% of the voters to approve a $40 - $80 million Parcel Tax. By the way a Parcel Tax is another term for a new, additional Property Tax.

    To get us to vote for the Parcel Tax, probably in 2018, he will threaten to close the library, parks, etc. and give the developers carte blanch on building anything they want.

    He will NEVER EVER suggest that the cost of the unsustainable employee pension program be reduced.

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    1. It is too bad the Councilman has prioritized the UUT - CalPERS tax over one that would fix infrastructure. I think there would be a lot more support for a parcel tax designed to rebuild a crumbling Sierra Madre. I guess we know what the priorities are. Payoff the local unions.

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  10. 10.25 do not believe everything which you hear. FACT. City hall has not paid for any water which it has used for the past 10+ years FACT city hall has 29+ city water meters and has failed to comply with the 30% water reduction Order, why are the residences allowing this BS to continue? The problems starts with the city council and the city manager.

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  11. 10.07 that is a brilliant statement! Screw the unions, let's out source as many city jobs as possible. I would drink to that!

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  12. There is NO way the Dirty 30 are the reason the city can't meet the State cutback numbers.

    Leaks, green parks, green fields.

    How much will Waterworks go over their allocation when the pools are refilled? Fines. $$$$$. No way.

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    1. The Dirt 30 Perp Walk is just scapegoating.Ys they should be fined but they are bit players in this fiasco.
      The guilty people are the successive CC members who just kicked this can down the road and gave every City employee needless pay raises.

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  13. The City Managers report mentions that the company that was supposed to fix the pipes up on Skyland can't do it until February. They didn't expect to get the bid. The City Manager said at the CC that it could be started tomorrow. How does that happen? Again, ya have to look at city hall as the problem. They have at least 3 leaks a day up there. This is an emergency. The work was supposed to be done ASAP.

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  14. The no UUT petition should be out this week.

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  15. Teapac will need city residents to walk the streets to gather signatures. If each one of us gathers just ten ( 10 ) signatures, it makes it easy on the entire process. Everyone needs to get on board and support the process. We just need to Vote No On The UUT Tax. Nothing will change until the city residents take our town back !

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  16. Part of the mind boggling water issue is NO one knows how much comes in and how much goes out to residents and business owners, water costs were so low on the radar that it didn't register on the political Senso meter, these water loses were lost to the wind but when fees increased and fins were added to usage then the Sharpe little ears of those in City Hall perked up and they ran like BAD children from the scene of the crime so fast.

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  17. Was I the only one at the city water "101" field trip some years ago when the mechanism of the water meter was explained along with the statement that the old meters were "loose" on the spindle that counten usage and therefor were not metering accurately.

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