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Californians used more water as state braces for another dry year

Original post made on Mar 16, 2022

New data from urban areas suggests that people are ignoring the governor's pleas for voluntary conservation during the drought. Some experts say it's time for Newsom to issue a mandatory order.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 9:35 AM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 16, 2022 at 11:05 am

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And what do our genius politicians think is going to happen when the new pro-density housing bills take effect and population triples or quadruples?

The answer is that unelected ABAG and MTC have specifically said that density can't be appealed on the grounds of water shortages and fire risks. They keep rejecting each and every appeal while ignoring reality.

But we're all supposed to sacrifice for their big-money backers who continue to contribute to the homeless problem by underpaying their poor gig workers who make less than minimum wage AND now make even less to pay the increased gas costs.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2022 at 1:26 pm

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By my estimate, we have each been using the same amount of water. We may have been using it elsewhere, but we use the same amount of water for flushes, for showering, for laundry, etc. but instead of using them in our schools, in our offices, in our restaurants, in our gyms, we are more likely to have been using them at home.

The more residents we have the more water in total will be used. Additionally, the more hotel rooms we have, the more water will be used by hotels.

Not rocket science.


Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2022 at 7:26 pm

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They keep asking for a 15% reduction year after year. Don't these government types know how to add. When we get to using no water will they be happy then. And as the above observers have already noted. Why should we save when the "powers that be" continue to promote building larger office developments, are planning to attract millions of people to the state and have made no effort to allow communities to stop development for environmental issues such as poor water supply, pollution, disease and other issues. Face it, to the government types, people are a commodity who should live in densely packed, squalid, cement units and work for the well off. It is clear that we should not have grass or trees or parks or a way to get around - that is only for the rich, we are only here to work for them and not use their precious resources.

If only some people would run for state office to overturn these regulations to build and instead pass laws to limit population and pollution and density and restore clean water and air and create a truly sustainable (and much lower) population. Ha-ha, where's the money in that!!!


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 18, 2022 at 12:24 pm

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It is time for the local cities to lean in on their respective CA legislators and start pressing them for accountability on housing bills. Also we need to lean-in on city employees and representatives who attend area networking meetings supporting schemes for more housing.

We need one plan that everyone agrees on, and funding from the state to make that happen. Right now we have all types of schemes wasting time and money.

You can read all of the "Opinions" in the papers from local SV supported organizations who are working with great zeal to breakdown the city structures regarding housing. They are single focused with no regard for the high number of articles and facts presented in the papers regarding the lack of water.

If the state cannot effectively manage water then their pushing for over use of the existing amount is criminal. We have local dams that are being emptied because they need to be rebuilt. Does ABAG ever address those concerns? Does ABAG even care?

Note that many of the land acquisitions are now from out-of-state corporations which want to focus on their own bottom line irrespective of the net effect on the state in total.


Posted by Suzanne Keehn
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 18, 2022 at 3:34 pm

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Dear Bill, Please do an article , tying in these dense housing bill, and offices with our lack of water, actually a bad drought. This season I have seen two 'wetings' can't even call it rain. The dense housing and the drought do not match.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, Suzanne Keehn


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