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Newsom imposes new California water restrictions — leaves details to locals

Original post made on Mar 29, 2022

Still resisting statewide water rationing for parched California, Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking local suppliers to tighten water limits.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 9:20 AM


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2022 at 12:40 pm

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Those of us who have lived here for many years are probably already up to date with low water gadgets and habits. Probably can't do much more unless to give up showers and clean clothes!

However, in our home, our water usage has been increased to spending more time at home with more flushes and more handwashes since we have spent less time in office, school, church, gyms where we would normally be using some of those facilities.

Yet, more hotel rooms are being built and nobody seems to tell hotels that their guests use plenty of water!

It is time that Newsom did something to increase the water supply for us all. Desalination plants should be built up and down the CA coast.

Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 29, 2022 at 1:24 pm

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Yes many remember the seventies when lawns in Palo Alto were yellow. What is Stanford’s land use policy regarding landscaping water policy. Is potable water
being used? Now six thousand housing dwellings are required for Palo Alto. Yet the state’s auditor has found the six thousand
number to be inaccurate and over what is needed. Where is the water coming from to supply these six thousand units? Govenor Brown took the drought seriously why isn’t Newsom stepping up?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 29, 2022 at 2:14 pm

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@alb, don't worry about those 6,000 new housing units and/or their new employees when the Bay Area is being forced to absorb literally MILLIONS of new residents.

How wonderful that none of them will use a drop of water, will never flush a toilet, will never use water for their coffee and/or tea. We're SillyCone Valley with a firm grip on the future.

How special and logical that the state has barred those assigning the housing targets from even considering the REALITY of the drought and fire risks.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 31, 2022 at 8:16 am

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Our local news giants have reported the facts concerning the amount of water available - lack of - and the projected ramifications of the drought as it plays out. We can all read the news and do not need the GUV to rap on to promote himself.
The problem lies in the legislation that is being pushed to increase housing. ABAG and all of the Advocate Groups are a crime scene in process. They are trying to use taxpayer dollars to wrangle us into further drought debt. WE can all see that.

Worse is the energy groups which talk about sustainability using any number of "projected" schemes which do not exist at this time and have no projected due date.

Sustainability is the key to the current war in Eastern Europe. The European Union is 27 countries who buy petroleum products from Russia. They are in the direct fire line of the war. They have planes, equipment, manpower, political sway. But their higher priority is sustainability of their individual states and the EU in total.

They are NATO countries, yet they do not pay into the NATO organization to the amount that is required and the EU organization at the top-level hedges it's bets.
That is one ridiculous situation which provides some lessons herein the state of CA.
Our legislators are hedging their bets since they want to keep their jobs yet they are using resources which do not exist to make that happen. Time to call out the local legislators and the housing advocates who are running on empty fumes - and no water. The first priority is sustainability of the state in total and the individual cites which have to wrangle their budgets.

Posted by Jim Donnegan
a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 31, 2022 at 9:43 am

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Golf courses and cemeteries require a lot of water...maybe it's time to cut back in those areas as well.

No more homegrown vegetable garden for us...cheaper to buy at the grocery store.