Wednesday, June 30, 2010

L.A. is Drowning in Wasted Water

When I see wasteful activities in L.A. I usually keep it to myself -- whether it is the styrofoam cups, containers and plastic bags at my favorite lunch place, an SUV aimlessly idling for what seems like forever in the drive-thru line at a fast food joint, illegal gas leaf blowers polluting the air or private country clubs, homes and apartment buildings illegally watering the grass on off days.

But the tipping point for me was when my own apartment complex started blasting the sprinklers last Saturday in violation of the city ordinance to only irrigate lawns on Mondays and Thursdays to conserve precious water resources.

Watering on an off day wasn't the only violation however. It is also illegal to water lawns between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., use sprinklers for more than 15 minutes and allow runoff onto streets, sidewalks, driveways or parking areas. My apartment complex violated every one of these ordinances. But they aren't the only culprits. I see wasteful watering practices all the time and it must stop. Enough is enough.

It is wrong to waste water. It is wrong to make pedestrians walk through a big puddle or walk on the street to avoid the water. It is wrong to spray parked cars, some of whom have their windows cracked open and the owners come back to a water-logged interior.

If you see illegal watering in the city please call 1-800-DIAL DWP or email

More pictures from the scene of the crime:

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