Saturday, July 24, 2021

#205 / Water Wasters


Kurtis Alexander, who was once a reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, is now reporting for the San Francisco Chronicle. On July 17, 2021, Alexander wrote a timely article entitled, "Bay residents slow to lessen water use."

According to Alexander, water customers have been asked to cut back, but "savings goals haven't been hit." 

The jurisdictions reported on are in the greater Bay Area, and Santa Cruz is not mentioned. It would be nice to know how our local community is doing.

One of "our" problems, as a human society, is that we each tend to act individually, and not as if "our" problems were really "ours." Requests and rules are so often seen as directed to "the other guy." 

That seems to be what's happening as we face a megadrought in California.

We need to remember that we are "all in this together." Getting information on how we're doing is a helpful first step. If we know we are blowing it, maybe we will change our ways.

So far, according to Alexander, that doesn't seem to be happening, at least in the greater Bay Area. I'd love to hear a different report from the City of Santa Cruz, where I live. I know that my family has cut back our water use rather dramatically, based on our June water bill (July's bill has not yet arrived).

How are all the rest of you doing? How is our city doing?

City of Santa Cruz Oceanview Park - July 17, 2021 at 4:16 p.m.
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