The silted up San Clemente Dam awaits demolition
Recently published residential water consumption figures show residents of the Monterey Peninsula increasing their water use to an average of 54.2 gallons per person per day during March. This is up a bit from the 52 gallons per person per day used in January and February and drops the Monterey Peninsula from 29th place in the statewide water conservation sweepstakes, down to 44th. At 50 gallons per person per day, King City residents remain the best water conservationists in Monterey County.
Disappointing? Yes. But it’s probably unrealistic to expect any better from people whose community leaders have been lying to them for years by telling them that they’re already the greatest water conservationists in the state, and whose local press has never challenged those claims.
As it is, the 43 cities whose residents did a better job of conserving water in March, included Martinez, San Francisco, Arcata, Dublin, San Bruno, Santa Cruz, Milpitas, Daly City, Atascadero, Santa Barbara, Soquel, Vallejo, and even the famously water-wasting Southern California metropolis of Fountain Valley.
People on the Monterey Peninsula would probably be embarrassed… if they knew.