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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

City of LA's Wasteful Watering

I am perpetually perplexed and, frankly, outraged at the fact that the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department chooses to turn on their sprinklers in the middle of the day, sometimes for a half hour or longer. This is disturbing on MANY levels, not the least of which is the fact that a gross amount of sprinklers are so misguided that they are watering SIDEWALKS!!!

What's the deal, City of LA? Do you mean to tell us fair citizens that we suddenly have an endless supply of water with which to water our own lawns? Because, I gotta tell you, EVERYBODY who drives by one of your gigantic sprinklers spraying out hundreds of gallons of water in the dead heat of 12:30 pm is getting the message that this practice is A-OK with you.

It's very problematic, as I know that it simply is not that case that we've uncovered some vast water supply. Plus, we fair citizens are often getting messages in the form of commercials, inserts with bills, billoards, etc. from DWP and MWD that it is our duty to conserve water. I couldn't agree more.

But, if it's OUR duty, then why isn't it the CITY'S duty too? Why don't they reserve their watering for early morning? Why don't they re-direct their sprinklers to only water plants (a novel concept)? The answer is that there is no excuse. They have erred, on a grand scale, and must address the problem immediately.

C'mon! Get with it, City of LA. While you're at it, let Cal Trans in on the concept of water conservation. They're just as guilty: freeways are constantly being irrigated smack dab in the hottest part of the day.

Stop sending us all the wrong message. Start irrigating responsibly and stop wasting our precious water.

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