Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Water restrictions

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From page A5 | June 23, 2014 |

EDITOR:

I will have some facts wrong, mostly dates/size/amounts, but I will be close. A couple of weeks ago Channel 3 did a report on houses built and sold in the Granite Bay area. The cost of the homes were in the millions for sure. The part that caught my eyes and ears was out of 14 homes built and sold, 13 of the homes had swimming pools under construction. These swimming pools aren’t your common backyard swimming pools, which is bad enough during these drought conditions that EID is reporting. These swimming pools are huge, huge at a cost also in the millions. Statues in the pools, etc.

The reporter asked where the water was coming from to fill these pools, it was said and I quote, from San Juan Water District: “The restrictions on water have been lifted.”

It is possible I was the only one that saw that report on the five o’clock news, but not likely. From where I sat, it looked as though the pools were as big as a middle class (or maybe lower class these days) three-bedroom, two-bath home. If 8 feet deep is the norm for pools, then they were 8 feet deep. The men working at the bottom of the pools looked small compared to where the top of the pools were.

The only funny part is the pool companies were putting the pools in at $75,000 (the lowest cost) with unsecured loans. Past the cost of the homes and the pools, the water to fill said pools will water my yard for 10 years.

My infamous response is hummmmm. Did I wake up out of a long sleep? I thought the valley was under the same water restrictions as we are.

I think of all the water-saving ideas and devices available that people have put into place to help out. I fill 1-gallon water jugs to keep handy when my flowering plants and vegetable garden plants need a slurp of water, then think about those swimming pools. Hummmmm, turns to grrrrrrrrrrr.

I’ve said this a couple times, water is more precious than gold or any amount of money those people are paying for those pools and water to fill them.

Perhaps EID should reconsider; are we under water restrictions, not only in El Dorado County, but in the rest of the state as well? We either are or we are not.

JUDY ELLIS-BANKERT
Placerville

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