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Mandatory water rationing unlikely

Original post made on Apr 15, 2009

Officials of both the Menlo Park Municipal Water District and the California Water Service Co. (Cal Water), which also serves local residents, said last week that their agencies are unlikely to impose a rationing program this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 8:44 AM

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We are living in a dream world. After three years of below average rainfall and continued population growth we are in a water crisis.
To act as if business as usual will solve the problem is simply denying reality. Without significant reductions in water usage in 2009 we are gambling on an extraordinary amount of rainfall in the next winter season - which has a very low probability of occurring.

Leadership means make hard decisions but on this issue there seems to be no such leadership.

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Posted by Nervous
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:16 am

The water agencies' comments made me a little nervous. I'm just not sure voluntary conservation is going to cut it. But the local agencies would probably have a tough time selling rationing to customers if their supplies from the SFPUC aren't cut back, so it seems as if the PUC needs to take the first step.

If that doesn't happen, maybe local water rates should be raised to encourage people to save more. I understand water rates in Menlo Park/Atherton are among the lowest (if not the lowest) in the county, and that water usage per capita is among the highest.

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Posted by Lyra
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I'd like to see those stats about water use in MP being the highest in the country. I rather doubt it.
Worse than Las Vegas? Worse than Palm Springs? Per capita? Per household?

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Posted by Cat's Eye
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

"Nervous" said the highest in the county, not country.

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Posted by Lyra
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

In that case, it's Atherton's per household water use that's the highest (large lots, large homes, lots of landscaping). Menlo Park is not at the top of that list.

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Apr 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Here's an article from early last year that addresses water rates and usage in The Almanac's circulation area. It compares those figures with those of the other 25 water agencies represented by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

Web Link

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Posted by Manon L'eau
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Apr 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

From the San Mateo County Water - Energy Snapshot, August 2006:

The most affluent communities use the greatest amount of water residentially and a higher proportion of their water use is for landscaping. For instance, homes in the California Water District – Bear Gulch (which includes Atherton) use as much as 62% of their water for outdoor use. East Palo Alto residents use only 11% of their water outdoors and all the other communities fit somewhere between these two extremes.

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Posted by Andrea
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2009 at 2:30 am

Toilets account for approx. 30% of water used indoors. By installing a Dual Flush toilet you can save between 40% and 70% of drinking water being flushed down the toilet, depending how old the toilet is you are going to replace.
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Posted by huston3
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

I understand your policy of not promoting websites, not wishing to turn this into a commercial board, still it seems an exception could have been made to provide us with info on where to look into the Dual Flush toilet...

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