Monday, January 9, 2017

California Water Use Restrictions Were Lifted Last Spring, But Sierra Madre Is Still Looking At New Ways To Fine Residents For Overconsumption

The following article appeared in the Sacramento Bee last May (link). It was one of hundreds of such articles that ran all across the country announcing the end of statewide water use restrictions here in California. This was certainly very big news for a lot of municipalities as the draconian financial penalties that had been called for by the state were lifted, sparing them the potential loss of significant amounts of precious revenue.


So why is it the City Council is still chasing its 30% water use conservation number? This from a Tuesday evening City Council meeting agenda report (link).


There apparently will also be some discussion about increasing the punishments for those who have not heeded the call to cut their water use by those considerable 30% reduction amounts being demanded. 


Granted, Sierra Madre does have some unique problems. Despite recent rains (and the prospect for much more), its aquifers remain low. The city therefore has to purchase a lot of water from the SGVMWD, a greedy bunch of CalPERS timeservers who continue to charge this community draconian rates for their subpar product.

That said, and with new water rate increases apparently now on the way, is any of this really justified any longer? And were this were to continue, is City Hall really that much better than the greed-heads at the SGVMWD?

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34 comments:

  1. I just looked out the window. Even though it is still dark I could see that it is raining. This has become a very wet drought.

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  2. Be it known this rain is temporary - I hope everyone has turned off their sprinklers the past few weeks. Honestly, it really hasn't rained all that much - just seems like it since we mostly see blue sky.

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    1. WINTER STORM BRINGS RECORD RAINFALL TO SOCAL
      http://abc7.com/weather/winter-storm-brings-record-rainfall-to-socal/1671658/

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    2. Keep in mind that this is a record for the desert. And that extremes like this further support climate change scientists who say it is going to get worse.
      Another problem is that all our water is directly drained in the ocean. Few residents and municipalities actually have cisterns to collect their free water. A technique that has already been established in ancient Greece. It is mind-boggling.

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    3. 5:56 is clueless and misinformed. This latest storm brings Sierra Madre to over 12" of rainfall just since late October. That's near our normal entire annual figure and we still have the rest of winter and spring to go. I do agree however, that people should have had their sprinklers off for the past several weeks. We've been getting weekly rainfall that's been substantial enough to forego watering.

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    4. What sprinklers?

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    5. Trust me I'm not clueless. How much has this 12" brought up the water table in the aquifer that our dry wells are in??

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    6. Odd in the Sierra Madre I live in we've only had 8.65in. since October and our 30 year average seasonal rainfall is 18in. nowhere near normal yet but it's early in the rain season.

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  3. Does anyone know how our settling ponds near Heasly get filled up? I assume the City controls that but how does it work (i.e., water from debris basins above? stormwater runoff? ??

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    1. The City Public Works Dept operated a 'gate' that diverts the water.In the past they have failed to do this for a variety of lame excuses.It also leaks badly. They claimed recently to have operated it but of course it was way late and it still leaks.
      Thank Bruce Inman !

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    2. Water runs downhill and replenishes the aquifer on it's way to the sea where it is evaporated and the cycle continues. At least it use to.........

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    3. Yea and... we want it to replenish the aquifer where the wells that are located in Sierra Madre can actually pump it from. The settling basins are where it can accumulate and trickle down to the water table and then to our wells. So, I surely hope some smart person at the City is proactively managing this process in our best interests.

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    4. And so much of sierra madre / sgv is paved the water has less chance of being absorbed into th ground

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  4. I am hoping that these rains will supply enough rain to the catch basin. Brown water continues to come into my home from the city pipelines.

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    1. I have brown water too. I purchase all drinking and cooking water. Beside being brown, it smells like chemicals when coming out of the tap. Stinks!!!

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  5. Trump is a thin-skinned jackassJanuary 9, 2017 at 6:09 AM

    Trump Reacts to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes Speech on Twitter
    http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/news/a41956/trump-responds-to-meryl-streeps-golden-globes-speech/

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    1. Graham: Republicans happy about Russian meddling are political hacks
      http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/313194-graham-republicans-gleeful-about-russia-election-interference-are

      Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday ripped Republicans who are "gleeful" about Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, saying anyone who isn't condemning the meddling is "a political hack."

      “Most Republicans are condemning what Russia did. And to those who are gleeful about it — you're a political hack. You're not a Republican. You're not a patriot,” Graham said during an appearance on NBC News's “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.”

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    2. So the state has never addressed the storm water issue for cities, yet we are taxed an enormous amount to make up that neglect.

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    3. Sierra Madre Water Department decision to designate the Settling Basin as Wetlands caused the County not to divert the water, wetlands cannot be replenished by outside source.
      Also when the County clear cut the Oak Trees above Arcadia to make a debree run off, the paper work was not submitted by Sierra Madre to the County for receivership of that water. The water was released to the Ocean.

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    4. The Settling Basin is a wetland??? When? When it rains? It's not a wetland! IF that is true, what moron approved that?

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    5. It hasn't been very wet lately. More like a dusty hole.

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  6. Now you're sounding like Buchanan who argued during the Carter One and Stone House discussions that Sierra Madre.has plenty of water and will never have to worry about overpopulation. Just because it is raining now doesn't mean we will not have problems in the future. I'm not for a consultant at this time and am for an easing of restrictions but we need to be prudent and prepare for the future. To ignore the water problem is folly.

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  7. Havn't you noticed that no one recognizes Sen
    Lindsey Graham (R- SC) except NBC News?
    President George Bush listened to Graham and look where that got him and the poor decisions he made.

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  8. Superficially the issue is water conservation. In reality it is just another Tax and Power grab.
    We will exhaust ourselves with diligent water conservation efforts but it will never produce the benefit deserved. Govt just uses the 'drought' or any other crisis to grab Power and Taxes.
    Yes, this sounds like simple-minded conspiracy theory but it is difficult to give any credibility to an alternative explanation. Sad.

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    1. Pretty spot on description of what is going on. It is always about the money.

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  9. 8" of rain at our Alta Vista Dr. guage for the rains since December. The water allotments are based on 2013 usage which was early in the drought. Some people were conserving and others were not. These resulted in the allocation for those who were not conserving as being far higher and ultimately unfair.

    The only fair way to allocate water is through a water budget. This does not have to be studied at lenght. Most cities are doing this now. We can adopt this as a fair policy and carry on.

    One local developer is moving to Arcadia with his small family after building their new mega monster home there for the better water rates. That tells you everything!

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  10. This local developer must not be doing well if he's moving based on a water bill. Not to bright either if you figure the tax rate he will be paying in Arcadia. Sure he's not looking for better schools that would make sense.

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  11. Consultant, consultant, consultant...
    Just an expensive excuse to blame bad decisions on someone else.

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  12. 1:01pm. The last "duty" the lobbist who was under contract by the Sierra Madre Council, was to have the paperwork "pulled" and resubmitted as Settlement Basins when he was back in Washington D.C.
    This was done only when the Water Department realized that Wetlands, proved to be another really bad decision.

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  13. Why hasn't California; instead of the bullet train, develop ways to carry water from Northern to Southern areas of the State?

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    1. Desalination plants would be a far better use of that bullet train money.

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    2. Possibly Northern doesn't wanna share

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    3. Read about mulholland. Watch China Town.

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    4. Maybe load the water on the bullet train?

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