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City declares water shortage

Original post made on Apr 2, 2014

Despite the rain this week, City Council members unanimously voted to declare a water shortage emergency on Tuesday, asking residents to take measures to reduce water use to reach a 10 percent reduction goal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:39 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Shonda Ranson, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Just wanted to let Mountain View residents know that since the 10% voluntary water reduction was announced at the beginning of the year, the numbers the City got back from our water providers demonstrated our residents exceeded voluntary reductions in the month of February (the last month for which we've received full data).

So THANK YOU all for doing your part, and keep up the great work.

-Shonda Ranson
Communications Coordinator
City of Mountain View


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

Last year we conserved so much water that the city had to scrape funds together to pay the water dept. Does our contract with the utility put us at risk this year? Or is there an exception for droughts ?


Posted by and,,,,, a resident of Slater
on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

And lets keep building high density housing so we can even use more water, then the political blowhards can tell us how we need to cut back, and take credit for it.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

"And lets keep building high density housing so we can even use more water"

High density housing uses less water per person than low density housing.
If you don't like the density of Mountain View, please move to Los Altos.


Posted by @Steve, a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I live in high density housing (in Mountain View)and landlord pays the water bill. So I use as much as I want, 30 minute showers, could care less about cutting back.

More housing equals more water usage dumbo!


Posted by Wow, a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Apr 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Nature abhors a vacuum, @Steve. Don't try to live in one.


Posted by John, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Hey Kasperzak your unlimited construction philosophy flies in the face of your "water is more important now" blather.
Of course it's the residents who have to cut back, so the developers will have more water.


Posted by Rossta, a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

Rossta is a registered user.

When there is a moratorium on building, then I will believe there is a water crisis.


Posted by @Rossta, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

You and everyone else on here saying the same, are so correct. Why are we building more and more? Until that stops, I won't even consider this as a drought.


Posted by @Rossta, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

You and everyone else on here saying the same, are so correct. Why are we building more and more? Until that stops, I won't even consider this as a drought.


Posted by Maher, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Maher is a registered user.

We (Californians) are in a decade long drought that is likely to continue due to the climate destroying effects of China's current industrial revolution pollutants which come to us on the trade winds. This effect was predicted 20 years ago btw. The problem is not going away.
Ironically, the disastrous growth of the Sahara can be traced to USA's drifting on the trade winds pollutants. China is using us as role model for building its wealth.

I agree with folks on this blog who point out the contradiction vav City Council's addiction to mindless growth in the name of progress vs the increasing need to conserve H2O. These two dynamics cannot succeed for anyone eventually.

BUT... idiotic adolescent statements like Steve from Waverly Park "I live in high density housing (in Mountain View)and landlord pays the water bill. So I use as much as I want, 30 minute showers, could care less about cutting back.

More housing equals more water usage dumbo!"

are worse than the CC's mistakes. It's people like this Steve that pose the greatest danger:i.e. I will do whatever I want and I will use ANY excuse to justify my choices.
People who DEMAND macro solutions from govt when they refuse to be a part of the micro solution can leave this planet now, as far as I am concerned.

Steve, Proving you are the bigger jerk is an odd way to succeed.


Posted by Justin, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

"Serving water in a restaurant, except upon request."

That is ridiculous. Plain water is just about the least water-intensive thing you can get at a restaurant.


Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

Justin, FYI it takes around seven times as much water to clean the glass as is served in it. That's the issue.

Do your part for conservation: Drink wine instead. :-)

What amazes me is that any restaurant WAS serving water without request, even before this new rule. The Bay Area had two severe droughts within memory of many residents (the big one, 1976-77, and again in a later decade), which changed habits enough that serving water only on request became standard -- as in other places where water supply is an issue. "There is never enough to waste" has been a California water motto for many years.


Posted by KD, a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Absurd.

Agriculture in California uses 80% of the state's water, yet only accounts for 2% of the states's GDP.

Time for the farmers to change their practices - significantly


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