Of course, water use in San Diego is on the rise – Local water officials told us we have enough water until 2045 – They should quit
The big news is that despite Governor Newsom’s call for Californians to reduce their water use, water use in San Diego County has actually increased.
According to new data, water use rose 1.3% in San Diego.
In contrast, it fell overall in Southern California – but only 0.1% – and also rose 0.7% in Los Angeles. In contrast, water providers in the North Coast region reported a 16.7% drop in their water use, while water use in the San Francisco Bay area fell by 8.4%. On average, Californians reduced their water use by just 1.8% statewide in July compared to the same month last year.
Still, is it any surprise that San Diegans did not buy into Newsom’s call? Our local water authority told us in June âDon’t worry, we will have enough water until 2045â.
Of Water Information Networkk, a publication of the San Diego County Water Authority, June 21:
“The San Diego County Water Authority announced on June 21 that the region is protected from the effects of drought this summer and into 2045, despite still hot and dry conditions.”
And our water department told us:
“No shortage or regional mandate for water use is expected …”,
Why would they say that? A clue is in the rest of the statement. This is all due to “the result of three decades of strategic investments that create a water safety net for San Diego County’s $ 253 billion economy and the quality of life of 3.3 million people.”
Ah, thanks to their expert management, in June we had nothing to worry about. Newsom launched its call – but on Tuesday UT’s headline was “Local water in place despite call” and today UT’s editorial board shouted, “Conservation of the water is needed, even here â
Even UT editors thought something was wrong.
San Diego County Water Authority board chairman Gary Croucher this week released a statement claiming that the region has reduced its water use by nearly 50% in the past three decades, calling it “extraordinary work”. He said residents should “all be proud” of this long-term record of water conservation, but added: “We must do more to help eliminate wasted water during this epic drought.” .
This is a different approach for an agency which, due to its excellent work in managing and diversifying water sources, said it has enough supplies to meet the needs of the region until 2045. even for several dry years. On the day Newsom called for a statewide reduction in water use, Sandra Kerl, chief executive of the San Diego County Water Authority, began a statement on his proclamation saying: planning and Decades of taxpayer investments in new water supplies and storage and the adoption of water conservation.
The UT Board of Directors commented: âThis is not exactly a call to arms.
We would say the water officials have been so busy congratulating themselves that they have mismanaged our county’s response to the drought.
When Newsom asked California residents to reduce their water use by 15%, Sandra Kerl said Newsom’s request did not apply to San Diego County. Unbelievable.
It was about highlighting San Diego (especially during the tourist season). America’s Finest City did everything right. Nothing to worry about. Those people fleeing the heat of other states don’t have to worry about San Diego’s abundance of water.
Instead, Kerl and Chairman of the Board Gary Croucher were telling us what âamazing jobâ we have all done. Local residents should âall be proudâ. Kerl explained that due to a ‘portfolio’ of different water supplies and long-term conservation efforts, – its management, we have sufficient water supply at the moment, despite the drought in the country. ‘State.
Kerl and Croucher seem to be above their collective noggin here. Of course, they said the correct words, we all have to keep, but when the governor knocked on the door with a wake-up call, they said to us, âSpit on it! Don’t worry, your pretty little face, San Diego.
Okay, it’s time to keep the government on the fire. It’s time for Croucher and Kerl to clear their desks and clean up. They must both resign.