Thursday, April 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Water wisdom from Dunning

Bob Dunning deserves a bonus! He has helped us water piggies figure out the source of our problems. As one of the leading candidates for Miss Water Piggy of Davis (East Davis Division), I have been struggling for months to figure out how it is possible to use more than 900 gallons of water per day with just me and the cat.

I took out my lawn years ago, replaced most of it with sages, lavenders and succulents. I checked for drips, leaks, read the annoying emails from the city and still I managed to used 900-plus gallons in the November billing period.

In December, a patronizing email from the city asked me if knew where my water came from? Suppressing a desire to respond with some strong Anglo-Saxon words, I started taking hourly readings of my water meter. When I asked the city to explain the red dial on my water meter, I was chastised for reading my own meter (apparently the city fathers and mothers want us to trust their readings; ha!).

But Bob Dunning has the answer! It never occurred to me that Tucker (my cat) was actually getting out of his fur-lined basket in the middle of the night and turning on the taps. I have locked him in the garage (with water and basket) and presto! Problem solved! My water usage has dropped! I may actually hit the average water usage for a single-person household (224 gallons per day). Seriously, Bob deserves a big bonus!

Candace Cross-Drew

Davis

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