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Water use flowing downward, city finds

Original post made on Apr 1, 2010

The economic recession appears to have been good for water conservation, with total water use in 2009 reported to be the lowest in Mountain View since the mid-1990s.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 1, 2010, 11:13 AM

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

USA is a registered user.

"There are several reasons for the downturn, said Elizabeth Flegel, the city's water conservation coordinator."

Ummm, maybe it rained a lot?

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

We can treat water problems like traffic problems – claimed water solutions: low flush toilets, water-efficient faucets,etc. - claimed traffic problem solutions: solved by diamond lines, metering light, light rail, bus only lanes, etc.

All these solutions are, in the end, limited when the full tilt “smart growth” buzzword con turns into dumb growth - water shortage, and stop and almost go traffic congestion.

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Posted by Bizarre logic
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 2, 2010 at 7:12 am

Here you go with your bizarre logic again, Ben. So water use is down by almost *twenty* percent over the past 12 years while the city's population has grown, and this is somehow just a 'buzzword con', a set of gimmicks to pull the wool over all our eyes?

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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

of course water use goes down with rising population. The biggest culprit in water use is landscaping. We've already reached to point that future growth will cut total landscaping of our town as buildings are put over land where we earlier put lawns.

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