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Water conservation

By From page A5 | March 21, 2014

EDITOR:

Are we shooting ourselves in the foot?

Growing up in the 1950s, my mother (who grew up in the 1930s) always said, “Waste not, want not.” We were not allowed to waste anything.

When we moved to Shingle Springs in the 1970s, we always conserved water, especially during the 70s drought. Now that we are in the midst of another drought, we use as little water as possible. We’ve never had a lawn because of the water it uses.

For years we’ve practiced all the “tips for conserving”; we can’t cut back any more, certainly not another 30 percent. By establishing a low baseline use, did we inadvertently hurt ourselves? What do we do when EID wants a 50 percent conservation?

What are EID and the Board of Supervisors thinking? Thousands of new homes, while asking us to use bare minimum water for essentials?

Then what happens when the next drought comes along? And it will.

Should we stop conserving now? What’s really going on?

Sign the 1-2-3, green-yellow-purple; let the voters decide.

JUNE STAILEY
Shingle Springs

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