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Cover Story - November 19, 2010

Going down the drain?

Citizens concerned about what happens to extracted groundwater

Old Palo Alto resident Sue Kemp saves water by the cup in her kitchen to use in her garden. When she noticed a fire-hose-sized pipe from Google co-founder Larry Page's construction of a new home with basement continuously pouring water into a storm drain, she was concerned.

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Posted by DontBeEvil, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

How about offsetting some of the waste we take for granted -- watering our lawns with potable water -- by storing the water in a water tower and distributing it to the neighbors?
I suggest topping off the water tower with solar panels and/or a massive, roaring windmill to ensure rapid acceptance.

Posted by Linda Siri, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

Did any one ask how draining the underground aquifer would affect the wells, yes there are wells, in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, some of which are used to produce food for the local farmers markets? Perhaps that water feeds directly into those wells.
It is interesting that people who are "building green" are the most unconscious energy abusers when it comes to building their multi million dream homes.

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