Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
April 28, 2014
In Sacramento, California, residents are being accosted by city employees that are driving around residential areas in “water patrols” who are looking to “crack down on wasteful residents” during the height of the statewide drought.
The city recommends:
• No more hosing driveways
• Do not fill swimming pools
• “Overwater” lawns
Armed with “gentle reminders” these water patrols will administer fines up to $100 on “repeat offenders”.
Steve Upton, one of the members of the water patrol, describes his job as helping “people [to not] waste water on purpose” and explains that he is not cracking down on residents or trying to “be their Big Brother”.
The city of Sacramento is “imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use” and have released these water patrols to search out “violators and encourage neighbors to report waste”.
Water patrols are tasked with influencing the public to remain aware of their water usage with planning examples that look ahead for months in 2014 to create water-conscious communities (WCCs).
Lisa Lien-Mager, spokeswoman for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) explained: “No one wants to be the water cops. When they are asked to conserve, Californians will generally respond.”
The US Department of the Interior (USDI) has allocated WaterSMART principles because “adequate water supplies are an essential element in human survival, ecosystem health, energy production, and economic sustainability.”
The USDI have outlined a Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) to ensure:
- Sustainable water resources for the future
- Coordinate public-private partnerships to secure efforts
- To control energy production and use in securing water supplies
- Use climate change as the basis for governmental control over water
- Outline the “water footprint” and how programs to reduce it
- Provide approved information to the public concerning water conservation
- Introduce strategies and development of incremental hydroelectric power
- Decide what information is disseminated to the public and control available information to the “decision-makers”
- Set up collaborations with states and native tribes to implement water controls
- Incorporate “water conservation criteria” to reduce “conflict in water management”
- Protect biodiversity before allocation of water to cities to ensure sustainable growth
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