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Council To Take On Water Conservation

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Aired 10/5/09

Water in San Diego is becoming more scarce and more expensive. The city council will begin to look at ways to deal with San Diego’s limited water supply at its meeting Monday.

— Water in San Diego is becoming more scarce and more expensive. The city council will begin to look at ways to deal with San Diego’s limited water supply at its meeting Monday.

Council President Ben Hueso called for a Water Action Day to solicit ideas from experts and the public on how to better conserve. Hueso says the city should always take conservation seriously, not just when there’s a drought.

“We need to put a policy in place that gets to sustainable conservation. Not just conservation when we have a crisis, but conservation that’s going to make water available in San Diego on a consistent basis,” he says.

Hueso says the city should look into tiered water rates that give people financial incentives to use less. He says San Diego should also find renewable sources of water that reduce the city’s dependence on the Colorado River and San Joaquin River Delta.

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Avatar for user 'campanellamonica'

campanellamonica | October 5, 2009 at 9:50 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Conservation is a must, however, we do need to fund projects that will eventually enable San Diego to be 100% self sufficient. Yes, this is possible. In order to do that, we must seriously look at what water means to our existence and how we've somehow devalued this precious and life sustaining resource. Rates must be raised. Water should be charged at a rate equal to what we pay for electricity. The City of San Diego (Mayor) and the County Board of Supervisors must make this a reality and approve incremental increases that will allow The San Diego County Water Authority, the City of San Diego and Special Districts to expedite plans that brilliant people thought of and planned for many years ago, but it takes money. We need more recharging projects of our reservoirs with reclaimed water and provide infrastructure for the expansion of "purple piping." It seems so strange that we spend all this time and money making potable drinking water that eventually ends up watering lawns. An argument I heard recently for not expanding purple piping is that it would inconvenience “drivers” and "communities." Are we for real? Have we lost our true sense of purpose and design for what the important things in life are? We are talking about survival here. Entitlement has clearly taken over common sense. The increases will also allow us to mend the brittle distribution systems that are responsible for delivering safe drinking water. I believe that the time for pointing fingers and placing burdens on agencies must come to an end. Conservation, yes, but new ways of sustainability far exceed, in the long term, conservation. We need to be less concerned with stepping on toes or fearful of community outcry and get with the program. No one wants to see mandatory showering schedules, laundering schedules or swimming pool removals. SDG&E is installing smart controllers for the distribution of electricity (peak demand)and soon, if we fail to plan, water will be the next item of control. If we want to create jobs, raise rates. The average family spends more on a Starbucks per day then for water they use! We all should be ashamed of ourselves, myself included. How can we as a community and citizen's get involved to support our decision makers? The SWP must also fix the Delta and the Levy’s that transport this critical infrastructure and get with a Secondary sewage treatment plant. I’d like to let my children know that they and their children can continue to live to a ripe old age in this precious City we have made our home.

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concernedresident | February 23, 2010 at 11:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

I and my wife have been in San Diego for past 4 years and currently rent an apartment in LaJolla Crossroads (On Golden Haven Dr and Judicial Dr - 92122). We feel that we are quite vigilant of the amount of water we consume in our apartment. I guess, this is mostly because we come from a place in central India which has been facing severe water problem from our childhood days. So we have faced it and understand the severity of the problem.

Our main measure and incentive of our conservation was in form of water bill. Our water bill before Jan this year averaged to 30 - 35$ a month. Since Jan our community owners (Garden communities) decided to change the billing system and now individual apartment in metered rather the overall community bill is divided into number of lease signers in an apartment. Thus a person with 1 bath apartment ends up paying same amount as a person with 2 bath apartment as long as there are same number of lease signers. So, if I have friends/ family visiting for weeks in a row or people taking tub baths 2 times a day it doesn't matter as I will end up paying same amount as the guy next door who might be travelling for 20 days in a month.

In my opinion this change seems very unfair and takes away any motivation anyone might have to conserve water.

I am writing this just to find the thoughts in general on this topic as I believe we have a huge population renting apartments and would also like to know if this is a water department policy or community specific policy?

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