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Those who conserve are punished

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From page A6 | February 28, 2014 |

I was reading in last Sunday’s Sacramento Bee Forum section that under state law, urban water systems must reduce per capita water use by 20 percent by 2020, or potentially lose eligibility for state grants and loans.

A straight 20 percent cut is irrational and makes no sense. Let’s look at the gallons per capita for Folsom: 429 now, which would fall to 343 in 2020. In Davis, we use 202 gallons per capita now and would use 167 in 2020.

With this logic, in 2020, the people in Folsom can water their lawns and take showers while people in Davis have cactus and bathe in Putah Creek. Also, Folsom could use about twice as much water as Davis and still get state aid. Those who conserve the most get the short end of the stick.

Davis has a senator and assemblywoman in Sacramento; I hope they can see that a straight 20 percent cut is irrational and make some adjustments.

John H. Rogers

Davis

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  • SteveFebruary 28, 2014 - 5:57 am

    This is the problem with people who writing letters who are not paying full attention to local issues. The current water system assumes a 25% conservation reduction by 2018. The issue has already been dealt with.

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  • Jim LeonardFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Any amount when uniformly applied produces injustice unless the starting point is the same. Steve, it's your logic, not John's, that is wrong.

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  • Anya ClasenFebruary 28, 2014 - 10:14 am

    I agree 100% with John. When I compare my household of 2 adults and our average daily usage of 35-50 gallons per day and see my neighbors with their pools and wet sidewalks--uh--I mean green lawns, I think the same thing. Why should I cut 20% when I have already implemented all sorts of water saving strategies when others have so far to go still. I think an advised minimum target should be established and those who use less than that target should be excused from the mandatory reduction.

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  • ontFebruary 28, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    Good points. Is 35-50 gallons per day the total use for two people? Pretty low... what's your secret?

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  • Anya ClasenMarch 11, 2014 - 12:08 am

    Sorry, my mistake for not being clear. That 35-50gal figure is per person, not per household. Our household used 20 CCFs total over the past 6 months which translates to an average of 83 gallons per day for the household over that 6 month period. In low water use wintertime, our household uses 2 to 3 CCFs per month or 50-75 gallons total per day (for two people and various pets). 50 gallons per person per day is consistent with the Marin district ration requirement in the last big drought as mentioned by Tom Elias in his March 4th column. The secret? In addition to the many recommendations of taking short military showers, not running the water while brushing teeth, etc., we also capture a lot of our water for reuse. Shower water is captured in basins, as is handwashing water, to be reused to flush toilets (it's a much shorter distance from the shower to the toilet than to the garden as others recommend.. Besides, if it comes to making a choice, then save your pristine drinking water for your vegetables/garden and flush your poop with the used water). Our kitchen/vegetable washing water is also reused in the garden. I don't currently capture and reuse washing machine water but am investigating ways to do so.

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  • ontFebruary 28, 2014 - 11:52 pm

    I believe these per capita figures include commercial users so Folsom with its sake factory may be at a disadvantage compared with Davis. I'd like to see per capita usage for residential customers only.

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