About three months ago I was in the car with a friend driving around Park West. It was nighttime and the sprinklers were on at Peterson Park. My friend and I noticed that the sprinklers were shooting straight into the street during their rotations. Since his car was dirty my friend pulled next to the sprinkler, still out in the street, and received a free car wash courtesy of Lodi Public Works.
It seems every night and every morning when we pass by, the various parks and public places of the city are constantly being watered. While the watering is excessive, it is also inefficient.
All of our parks here in Lodi are green. When looking at the parks in Sacramento, they have let the grass die. Why has the city of Sacramento allowed this? Because they see that California is in the middle of one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. The city of Sacramento sees the need to conserve and does it.
Being part of the Central Valley and having a huge agriculture-based economy, Lodians know the value of water. We have been active members in the fight for more water being allotted to the agricultural north versus the urban south. We claim we need the water to keep business running, and yet we are using it in the wrong ways.
While green grass is visually appealing, the fact is that we are in a drought. There needs to be an increase of conservation and efficiency on the part of the city. Citizens of Lodi have been encouraged more than ever to conserve by the city. Now it is time for the city to do the same, by decreasing watering and increasing the efficiency of how we use our water.