Who’s watching the sprinklers?

By From page A6 | April 04, 2013

Is it lack of water from wells or is it mismanagement of the well water?

The city of Davis seems to have no problem with uncontrolled watering of greenbelt areas. Sprinklers are operating shortly before a predicted rain, during the rain, shortly after a rain or are malfunctioning, causing large muddy areas. At the same time, we hear about the coming shortage of water from the wells and in order to provide an ongoing supply of water, millions of dollars must be spent on a new water delivery system.

On Monday at 8:10 a.m., the morning after a heavy rain, the sprinklers were operating on the Senda Nueva greenbelt. How many other areas had the sprinklers operating?

The irony is that a phone call regarding the misuse of water to the city elicits the response that the sprinklers are the responsibility of the contract landscape service. Who hires the service? I know the residents — owners and renters — pay for it.

The city should be held accountable and should have to develop a water conservation plan that is subject to review. The city doesn’t now, did not in the past and will not in the future actually pay for the water. The city has no dollar trees from which to pluck the money. Everyone is this city pays for the water that is used for city purposes whether prudently used or not.

Vernette Marsh

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