james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Oct 11, 2012
Looks like readers of the Mira Mesa forum don't care much that they are forced to pay ffive thousand dollars a year more than necessary for water and electric services.

Better I go point this out on the San Diego branch of this forum.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Oct 11, 2012
A retired civil engineer who doen't have to worry about his pension being cut off or property foreclosed on by BofA sent the following data:

The Lake Henshaw watershed covers 206 square miles, or
131,840 acres. These receive an average of 2.2 feet of rainfall yearly, 286,000 acre-feet or 95 billion gallons.

About 1/3 of this is not 'catchable' according to the USGS
so only about 65 billion gallons could be saved for public use.
That's enough for 65,000 homes

Poseidon's 16 billion gallons yearly would supply 16,000 homes.

The Henshaw watershed runoff could be stored in downstream aquifers for about $10 yearly per home and extracted by our water districts for about $125 per home.

The Poseidon water would cost at least $1,000 per home.

Is it possible our politicians have been 'persuaded' it makes sense to throw away four times as much water as the Poseidon project would provide so that we will be forced to buy its water?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 Oct 31, 2012
Mira Mesa's 10,500 acres of roofs, roads and landscapes receive more than a foot of rainfall yearly on average.

That's enough to provide all the water our 23,000 homes need if they use 100 gallons per person daily, the National average.

Yet we meekly pay $30 million extortion to water profiteers who sell us water they steal from public supplies hundreds of miles away.

About 95% of our rainfall evaporates or runs off to the ocean at Del Mar because the politicians we elected let the public works managers they appointed persuade them that it makes sense to throw this away "to prevent flooding".
(So how come heavy rains flood many parts of our community?)

Back in '54 the residents of Fresno got so mad about the same waste of their rainwater that they elected a new set of politicians who took control of their rainwater away from their County. Since then they've been saving enough of their rainfall (it is less than ours) to meet their needs.

Grandparents of the present generation of Fresnans saved billions of dollars for homebuyers over the years because there was no need for storm drains, flood control facilities and water importation.

Though their incomes are much lower they've saved enough tax dollars to support public services properly because they didn't have to feed bloated Public Works departments like ours, that throw away rainwater, and a corrupted County Water District like ours that imports a replacement for it.

We San Diegans have been pretty silly, collectively.
But a forum like this could bring enough sensible people together to give us what those folks in Fresno got by working together.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#5 Nov 19, 2012
Do water district managers instruct their staff to provide misleading information and false premises to politicians and reporters so that inappropriate policies and plans will be approved? Perish the thought!

Yet, how else can we explain the contradiction of watching billions of gallons of our stormwater run off to the ocean while billions of gallons of someone else's stormwater are imported at huge cost?

Without this absurd planning most of those engineers and staff would be unemployed, of course. But is this sufficient incentive for experts to testify falsely about our most critical natural resource?

Just as phony 'liberal' politicians are re-elected because they exploit the ignorance - fears - wishful thinking of voters, so too senior public servants gain power and protect their job security by deceiving us instead of doing the job State and federal laws dictate.

Does it make sense to buy water from MWD or a proposed desalination plant while 9 out of ten gallons of our rainwater are dumped downstream? Or is that a fool's game new politicians will be persuaded by professional liars to play after they are elected?

Every capable civil engineer knows that wasting almost all of our rainwater is plain stupid. But they also know their career will die if they say so publicly.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#6 Dec 3, 2012
With Carl De Maio on the loose again we can look forward to good things happening if enough of us care enough to cooperate, to network in trading information/ideas and then give him the sum of our thinking.

How many of the 60,000 of us care enough about our family-friends-community to spend an hour or two weekly working to reduce our taxes and utility bills? Recent comments on this forum have not indicated much interest in improving our quality of life but those who read our words could mention this to other folks who might have something to ffer.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#7 Dec 18, 2012
An alert reader pointed out an error my calculator made.(Dry weather makes it drop decimal points.)
I mentioned that 286,000 acre-feet of rain falling on the Lake Henshaw watershed is wasted by avoidable evaporation and by runoff as floodwater.

Then I translated this to 65 billion gallons of "catchable and storable" water
(About 1/3 of rainfall in that terrain is not 'catchable' according to the USGS.)
and said "That's enough for 65,000 homes"

In fact those 65 billion gallons would supply 650,000 homes, 2/3 of the population of San Diego County.(If a majority of voters were informed well enough to realize this and elect politicians smart enough to get 'er done.)

All this pure, free water 800 feet above us where gravity would deliver it and generate cheap electricity in the process. Such a waste.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#8 Feb 17, 2013
Our water bills keep rising because we aren't using enough water to provide enough cash to support our public servants in the style to which they've become accustomed.

The bills are not rising because of the five billion these public servants spent to expand our water supply, though. They were smart to bury this cost in bonds that will not come due until after they leave to enjoy their pensions.

Of course that means our rates will have to rise dramatically, beginning five years from now, because interest charges will make that payback cost many, many times as much as the unnecessary facilities.

But that's just part of the price we pay for not doing our homework so that we can select capable and honest politicians.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#10 Mar 23, 2013

Looks like members and browsers of this forum don't care much about paying double what Palm Springs folks pay for water. But the really bad news is that our County Water District is committing us to more than 10 billion dollars in bond debt for facilities we don't need because we've cut our water use dramatically since '07.(They claim we need more "reliability" so that lawns won't brown out if water importing is cut off by an earthquake.)

This huge expenditure will make major increases in our water rates necessary in the near future. After they leave office, of course, to enjoy the fat pensions our politicians granted them for pleasing the business sector that is enriched by the unnecessary projects.

The $10 billion cost of this scam translates to about $10,000 per household, so one way or another they will squeeze another $500 a year out of us for the next twenty years. We'll have no choice but to pay whatever they demand because our Public Works Department Chief Engineers are very good at making politicians reject the commonsense rainwater storage planning that federal experts strongly recommed.

How well does that planning work? A tract of 1,200 homes five miles west of Hemet on Hwys 74/79, the Hemet Golf Club community, put it to good use. Their developer shaped landscapes to retain all stormwater and percolate this into the soil, precisely as the 1945 California Legislature instructed, saving more than twice as much rainwater as the residents use.

San Diego County officials reject this planning mode because it would prevent influential land developers from raking in windfall profits by forcing the public to build their infrastructure. So we pay double already and that will double again so that we can have enough of the slimy river water MWD pumps to us. But then, as long as we don't network to get a clear picture of this huge scam we won't have to bother fixing it. Our public servants will go on raiding our bank accounts while we make excuses to our family and friends for not fixing this bad situation.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#11 Jul 19, 2013

The San Diego County Water Authority website presents a colorful chart of rainfall at Lindbergh Field instead of averaging total rainfall for the County. This simple deceit effectively cuts our perception of total rainfall in half.

With this false data the agency's managers have been able to deceive journalists, and therefore voters, into not realizing that 1.35 trillion gallons of rainwater fall on our region as a yearly average, 22 times as much as our homes use.

Competent, conscientious public servants would have made the true volume of rainfall obvious to all. But San Diego area voters have shown a preference for politicians who do not require that our public servants provide accurate and complete information about our most important natural resource.

Economists tell us we pay, on average,$5,100 yearly for water supply services that should cost less than $500. Our famous 'laid-back' attitude comes at a high price for homeowners who don't bother to vote smart.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#12 Oct 2, 2014
In rfeference to the LINDBERGH FIELD ILLUSION that our rainfall is too small to meet our needs:
-- Federak experts (USDA-USGS) have shown that the San Diiego County gets about 1.35 TRILLION gallons of rainfall yearly. 22 times as much as its households use.
SD City gets 91 billion, and its househods use about 30 billion.
The 'catchable' part of that 1.35 trillion could be seen as an ice cube 1 mile high on Lindbergh Field.

Our public servants who extort more than $200 million from City water customers yearly know they could meet all needs by saving one out of each three gallons of of our rainfall.
But then they could no longer demand higher wages, pensions and gifts from contractors.
So they have testified falsely, invented factsa and figures to fool the fools we elect, so that we are forced to pay more that 20 times as much as we'd have to with good planning and maintenance.
They are now bragging about complex, even more expensive plans that will still not meet our needs, forcing us to bathe-swim in sewage effluent that carries 2,000 plus complex chemical compounds that pass through our skin with ease to damage our DNA that is replicated and sent throughout our bodies to cause cancers, asthma, autism, diabetes, heart disease.

-- So that huge cube of water is merely another illusion, a symbol of what we could have if we get smart enough collectively to choose sensible, honest politicians for a change.

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