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Rain does little to dent drought concerns

Original post made on Feb 27, 2014

With drought conditions still plaguing California, Palo Alto has a simple message for its water customers: There is no need to panic but there is a need to conserve.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 27, 2014, 10:23 AM

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

For political and legal reasons, we will never have mandatory water cutbacks but something more effective than voluntary 10% reductions would be graduated pricing of water based on use. Set a base price and allotment for each member of a household and then escalate the price from there.

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Posted by PA Utilities Customer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

So I have come up with some ideas to help us all save more water.

All men and boys to pee on the lawns and landscaping. This will work double as it will save flushing and save outside watering.

All laundry taken to the local Laundromat so we use their water, not ours.

All showers to be taken at gym or swimming pool, same reason.

All poops to be done at work or school, same reason.

Forget about handwashing for hygiene as it uses too much water, use hand sanitizer instead.

All women to go to spa and beauty salon weekly to save water.

All teeth and cooking to be done with bottled water - local California spring water of course.

All meals to be served on paper plates, drinks to be consumed from disposable containers, etc. All food to be bought ready to serve so that no water needed for preparation, or cleanup.

Build less homes in Palo Alto, then less water customers and more for the rest of us to share around.

All my ideas for less home consumption are tongue in cheek of course (in case anyone thought otherwise).

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Posted by Anonymous too
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

@PA Utilities Customer,
"Build less homes in Palo Alto, then less water customers and more for the rest of us to share around."

That's actually a serious idea.
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New construction is also a water intensive endeavor in and of itself.

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Posted by Digress
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Why are there always sirens on rainy days? Why can't Californians handle the rain? Even wet roads throw them off. Maybe it has to do with the lax drivers training rules. Online learning and hardly any training. When I grew up here, the driver's ed car would be at Paly after school and we would take off for an hour and a half. Of course, we had hardly any homework back then.

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