Thursday, October 16, 2008

They are simply being good neighbors

Months ago, the Town Crier referred to Los Altos Hills as an environmental leader. If that seemed phony at the time, consider it again in light of last week's rather unsurprising report that the Hillpeople don't really give a damn if everybody else has to conserve water.

Responding to California’s second year of below-average rainfall and the driest spring on record, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation in June, officially declaring that the state is facing drought conditions and calling on citizens to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent voluntarily.

While the 27 water district agencies that serve the Bay Area have reduced water usage by 13 percent, Purissima Hills Water District, which serves two-thirds of Los Altos Hills residents, has cut back its water usage only 2 percent, according to data from the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

If any city has reductions to make, it's Los Altos Hills, where the residents use twice as much per capita as the rest of the Bay Area. At least, I suppose, they're not slobs.

Mom, maybe it's time to talk about those five lawns again.


Anonymous said...

If penalties and pricing become expensive enough, almost everyone will take notice and change their behavior. They will choose to have an adequate supply of water for drinking, showering, etc. as opposed to irrigation. There are many fewer Escalades and Expeditions in LAH than there used to be. $4/gallon water??

Kathy Schrenk said...

Hey Jon -- when I dig up my front lawn to plant an organic vegetable garden, will come over and help shovel?