The real problem of phantom-flushing toilets
Sensor-operated toilets, sinks and urinals. You know them, you use them, and if you are a water-conscious Californian, you probably hate them. While consumers are busy investing in low-flow toilets and showerheads Ref. Source 6o.
Celebrity water wasters in the spotlight
Beverly Hills sent letters to dozens of water customers in November, warning them of high use and urging them to cut back, including comedian Amy Poehler and real estate developer Geoff Palmer. It appears the crackdown is working. Ref. Source 1g.
Why do celebrities think that their money and fame puts them above the law? Or maybe they don't even consider the people who might be without water while they fill their pools and water their lawn? Shame!
Why customers will pay more for water
This is the time of year when water utilities set their rates, which almost inevitably go up. But this year, the rate hikes are likely to be higher than usual. Tomorrow, Metropolitan’s board of directors is scheduled to vote on its prices for 2017 and 2018. Ref. Source 1m.
Elevated lead levels found in school water
Three schools in San Ysidro are bringing in bottled water after tests showed elevated levels of lead, copper and bacteria in water from old faucets and fountains. Initial tests showed the old fixtures were to blame, not the water supply. Ref. Source 8b.