Tonight: Cal Water to meet with public in Woodside


Tonight in Woodside, with the drought as a backdrop, Cal Water is scheduled to make a presentation at a meeting of the town's Sustainability and Conservation Committee.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

The California Water Service Company supplies fresh water to much of Woodside as well as Portola Valley, Atherton and parts of Menlo Park,

Committee Chair Jason Mendelson said he has invited the entire Town Council to the meeting and has asked representatives from Cal Water to be prepared to answer questions from the audience.

"I would hope many of (the council members) would attend as this is a very important issue and I have implored them to take action," Mr. Mendelson said in an email.

The committee will hear a report from a Drought and Water Conservation Subcommittee on recommendations to the Town Council for water conservation in town.

The meeting begins with a review of the 2015 Earth Fair and plans for the 2016 fair, which will be held in Portola Valley.

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Posted by WP
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

I hope some of our Silicon Valley titans with many acres of landscaped grounds will finally cut their water usage. I heard a California Report on KQED and it was embarrassing. They were doing interviews at Buck's and on of the Woodside residents admitting to having a huge lawn and a big investment in landscaping, and that the drought would have to get "a lot worse" for him to cut back his water usage. Just because some can afford to pay thousands of dollars per month for landscape watering doesn't mean they should. C'mon, we're all in this together, let's do the right thing and be careful about water.

I still remember the drought from the late 70's, "if it's yellow let it mellow"!

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Posted by ame
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

in unincorporated West Menlo I am told we must reduce by 36% That is the same as Atherton et al. We have less than 1/4 of an acre and we must reduce water 36% this does not make sense to me.

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Posted by West Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Ame - I worry about this as well.

I sent an email to to share my concerns (I encourage everyone to do the same). At our home, we've already reduced water consumption by 40% so we don't have a lot of wiggle room for further reductions.

Not sure what the best solution would be since higher rates for greater consumption likely won't cause some in Atherton to curb water use. That said, it's not realistic to truly ration / limit water use.

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