Pulse poll

Question of the week: Should state enforce water restrictions?

By From page A11 | July 16, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board will consider this week whether to enforce mandatory restrictions on urban water use, including fines, for nine months.

Do you think it’s a good idea? Participate in this week’s poll:

Last week’s results:

Do you agree with the Supreme Court decision allowing businesses to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives?

Yes: 54 percent

No: 46 percent

177 Daily Republic voters



Discussion | 4 comments

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  • Rick WoodJuly 13, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    The state constitution forbids "water waste," but leaves it up to the government to define wasteful practices. Once that's done, it should be enforced. The focus should be on the definition of waste. What's waste one place and time may not be in another. What the SWRCB is proposing is statewide but temporary, and the practices are basic. In fact, they are practices Fairfield has already put into law locally. So it's hard to vote "no" on this one.

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  • JazzAzzJuly 15, 2014 - 7:11 am

    IMO, the State should stay out of the local water districts business, leaving it to that local agency, who know best about the health of their own water supply. Some are much better than others. Also walk, drive around town, checking out sprinkler systems. It is near impossible, especially with the type that go back and forth since most are installed in the lawns corners, to not side or back spray on to the adjacent pavement. Maybe grants ought to be given out to anyone wanting to change out their lawns, landscaping. Some of us have a big investment in our initial lawn installations, sod and such and no way do we plan to losing them!!!!!! Here's another solution, how about many of us SECRETLY digging a well in our rear yards, hooking that water up to any outside watering. I can't imagine anyone would have to go down very far in this area :-). What the State should be concentrating on NOW, are desalination plants along the coast, say every 100 miles. Bring in temporary, modular plants initially. They must exist, while building more permanent ones, using WAVE or wind power. California's citizens should not have to do without. The Pacific Ocean could never be depleted, and with rising seas, this would kill two birds with one stone; but this would take common sense which NO ONE in Government has.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 15, 2014 - 11:45 am

    There may be a water quality problem with shallow wells, even for irrigation, so water testing from time to time is a good idea. I'm not sure such a well needs to be secret as long as it's not hooked up to the potable water supply. Having an inspection from a public agency helps ensure no risk of that. You will be required to have a special backflow preventer on the potable supply to protect the public system from any possibility that the well might be illegally hooked up to house plumbing later and pump into the public supply. Another problem with "secret" wells is there is no effective way to inform the user of a water contamination problem. And if and when the well is abandoned, a public agency should know about it to be sure it is sealed off properly. But water remains available in Fairfield for irrigation at reasonable rates, so there is no need to go through all the trouble and expense of having a legal and safe well.

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  • mikeJuly 16, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Go to you tube put in " drilling a shallow well with PVC pipe" you can do it in one afternoon real cheap and easy. And it's ground water good enough for outside. But remember what you take from the well may impact another part of your property or your neighborhood.

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