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Letter: Lodi must also conserve its water during this drought

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 am

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.

Joshua Baumbach


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  • Christina Welch posted at 12:47 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 437

    How fun!!! You and your wife certainly know how to have a good time.

    Yes, I think mudslides could be a problem as well, and even in the north, in the area of the Rim Fire. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed, or pray, or meditate, or whatever one chooses to do...

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:53 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2092

    Thanks Christina, I was with my wife on a two week, 4200 mile motorcycle trip to Sturgis (before the craziness) and back. All part of her 40th birthday celebration.

    I've read a couple different articles on the expectation of a very wet El Nino. One article was saying after the drought, the heavy rains could bring a lot of large landslides in some southern areas.

  • Christina Welch posted at 5:44 pm on Tue, Jul 29, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 437

    Glad to see you back, Kevin. Hope you're right about an upcoming El Nino!!!

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:09 am on Tue, Jul 29, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2092

    I agree. We, all of us, need to change our water use habits when the drought is on. I have cut my front lawn sprinkler time to just 5 minutes 2x a week and it is staying moderately green. My back yard gets watered once a week and is more "golden" (not brown, anyone else see those commercials yet?).

    There is no reason why the City of Lodi can't cut back on it's water usage during this time.

    And with any luck this years El Nino (which is suppose to be a very wet one) will help end the drought.


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