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Water police! California cities begin "water waste" patrols

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an "Officer Friendly" than a water cop.

On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days.

He approached two culprits. Rather than slapping them with fines, Upton offered to change the settings on their sprinkler systems.

"I don't want to crack down on them and be their Big Brother," said Upton, who works for the water conservation unit of Sacramento's utilities department. "People don't waste water on purpose. They don't know they are wasting water."

At least 45 water agencies throughout California, including Sacramento, are imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low. Sacramento is one of the few bigger agencies actively patrolling streets for violators and encouraging neighbors to report waste.

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California Water is Aplenty: 80% is free or sold for pennies.

Tour the Sacramento Water Shed. Water shed area is 37% forest with plenty of water.

20% sold to city business or city folk @ king's ransom.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Our water rates go up another 6% in July.

Every year another increase in water rates and another reduction in the amount we are allowed to use while most of the bay area still don't have meters at all. The freaking super majority in Calif.'s house and senate have dried up the farms and left those of us in the southern part of the state begging for water. In 2010, the water authority had planes fly over our entire city mapping out how much water we would be allotted for inside and outside use. Yes, I attended those public hearings but to no avail. We have tiered levels starting at $.63 for base use, then, efficient $1.38, then inefficient $2.66, and finally wasteful $5.85. Then there are fees for energy zone, service charge, and sewer added on top. If caught washing your car, there is a fine. Sprinklers are only allowed after during certain hours. Our old manually read water meters are going to change to smart meters. They have already changed our gas and electric. The government will be able to completely shut off our services remotely without firing a shot.

Yes

I've driven by those farms on my way to San Fran, and it's depressing. So many of those farms are bare. I don't believe for a minute they care for a tiny fish, it's about control, and probably Agenda 21 from the UN, especially since we are controlled by the likes of Brown.

Eureka! Sacramento, Land of the (nearly) Free (city water).

Free Water Zone (after a small contribution). Map does not show areas such as downtown. The water follies...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

We were looking at visiting

We were looking at visiting Palm Springs for possible retirement and wondered how so many homes have such green lawns. Are the lawns fake? It would cost a fortune to irrigate with nasty chlorinated city water. How do they irrigate?

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

Move to Sacramento. Get your own free water meter, $1,000 each.

Water w/o Meters! Excess city water free, Sacramento, California! $1,000 water meter! US taxpayers pay for new Sacramento water meters.

"Thou shall have water meters." The US Government is funding. California state is mandating.

"Water meter? Why should we pay more for less?" Sacramento residents are complaining.

[The Sacramento interactive water meter map not found on this server. We (City of Sacramento) apologize for the inconvenience.]]

Non-interactive out-of-date map here: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/utilities/water/documents/20...

Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California's worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills., Sacramento, California Water Mater? California drought: More than 255,000 homes and businesses still don't have water meters statewide (mostly, Sacramento & immediately adjacent neighborhoods).

And nobody even knows how much water they are using.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Does "where about half the

Does "where about half the homes are unmetered" mean half the homes are on well water and if so are they forced to comply with these ordinances?

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

No. Neighborhoods connected to water lines via back yards.

Saved a few bucks digging & piping. Makes retrofitting meters on each home much more expensive now. Actually, here is abundant water in California. It is mostly free or bought for pennies... based on rights 'granted, given away or taken away' over a century ago.

California has abundant water supply. The Sacramento valley is one the the world's largest water sheds. Most of California's water free or bought for pennies based on 100+ year old water rights & contracts.
Fly along the Sacramento water shed. See for yourself.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Thanks, Mark Twain

Thanks, Mark Twain

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

.

I live in Sacramento, half still have the old style meters where a human reader needs to come by each month and take the reading. The other half are on those awful new Smart Meters. Not so many properties with wells in the incorporated area, and I'm not sure if they're subject to the ordinances/water cops or not.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

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Thanks, Betty I was sure that

Thanks, Betty I was sure that there wasn't that many wells there but for the life of me I couldn't figure out what they were saying.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

You live in Sacramento?

I'm sorry. I live in the OC. At least neither one of us live in Los Angeles, that place has gone I hell.

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It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

Local governments should let

Local governments should let the water supply dry up?
Seems fairly rational to have a system in place to help manage the use of water.

Freaking California!

It's run by tyrants, lobbyist and government unions.

Tell me about it

I hate living in California, but I'm stuck here for now.