A LA Times columnist rips on drought cops. Unfortunately, he calls for neighborhood snitches and shame as a way of reducing use -- my ideas are better, but he's got righteousness down:
Let's do the math: Six enforcers, nearly 500 square miles of city -- it'd take a miracle of loaves-and-fishes proportions to make this much more than a gesture. Which brings me to the second thing that's wrong with Drought Busters.I've got a simple solution: raise prices. Who cares if a rich guy pays to water his sidewalk? Most people will use less, and that's what we care about -- not making people into martyrs and victims.
They're toothless. They're nice-guy, if-you-please enforcers who can't enforce regulations that are on the books but carry no penalties, like hosing off driveways or watering lawns during the heat of the day.
So what's left in our water-war arsenal? Shame. Public humiliation. Some cities publish the names of johns arrested for soliciting sex. Why not headline the names of flagrant water wasters?
Toilet to tap is also in the news. (Here is my earlier, pro opinion):
About 500,000 acre-feet of wastewater is recycled each year in California, enough to flood more than half of San Joaquin County one foot deep.[snip]Bottom Line: Water is an emotional (or newsworthy) topic and there's considerable disagreement on the best solution. Try them all!
While everyone seems to think recycling water is important, officials are working on standards to make sure contaminants remaining in treated wastewater don't cause more harm than good.[snip]
Manteca for years has used recycled water to irrigate alfalfa crops grown around its sewage treatment plant, as does the city of Lodi. The crops have been used for cattle feed and not for human consumption.
Recent upgrades at the Manteca plant now allow the city to do more. It plans soon to deliver recycled water to the city's golf course, which gulps down up to a million gallons of water a day during the summer, said Phil Govea, deputy director of Public Works.[snip]
"Recycling water is a great thing," Madison said. "There will for a long time still be customer perceptions (about using treated wastewater) that will have to be overcome."