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Water Waste

Original post made by Carol Zink, Old Palo Alto, on Apr 14, 2015

There are two lots in my neighborhood of Old Palo Alto that are excavating for basements and the water is being pumped right down the street drains. What a colossal waste of perfectly good water. One of my neighbors had that water tested and it is potable water. At the very least, the construction crews/property owners should be required to collect that water and use it as 'gray water' for irrigation/watering.
The planning department should seriously think about ending approvals for basements that will require the pumping of valuable and irreplaceable ground water!!!

Comments (7)

Posted by My Thoughts
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

My Thoughts is a registered user.

I think there is a difference between requiring collection of this water, vs. making it available to others free.

Requiring collection is a problem, because if there are no interested parties to take the water, then the homeowner has to store huge amounts of water that is NOT drinkable (liability issues, superfund sites in town, etc.) and which cannot be gotten rid of.

However, if someone wants to take this water and put it to good use, that should be made available.

Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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Speaking of pumping water, I thought it might be of interest to some here to know that Raindance started operations in Palo Alto today, and is watering residential landscapes on Channing, Edgewood, Forest, Chaucer, Hamilton and Dana as we speak. Raindance is a monthly subscription service that trucks recycled H20 from PA's H20 treatment plant to homes and then irrigates yards/landscapes with it.

Raindance can be found on Facebook!

Posted by not on Facebook
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Please ask them to set up a website, some of us are not on Facebook as we wish to protect our privacy and prevent Facebook from profiting off of us. Thank you.

Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

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@Carol Zink - can you explain the value of the water if you don't pump it out of the ground?

Posted by Carol Zink
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

In response to the latest comment - there are underground aquifers that could be tapped to provide water for irrigation instead of just letting it flow to the sewer system. Also, that water provides sustenance for deeply rooted trees.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Storm drain system, not sewer system.

Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm

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@Not on Facebook - the website (with contact info at top) is

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