The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Marlene King: Are You Responsible for Your Own Water?

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Dear Friend and Customer of Santa Fe Irrigation District:

Thursday, July 16th, 8:30 am, the S.F.I.D. Board of Directors will be holding a Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to District Administrative Code Article 17, Water Shortage Response Policies and Procedures.

I am reaching out to you because I believe the Irrigation Board should respect that customers can be trusted to apply water to our properties with a hand-held hose w/positive shut-off nozzle, or bucket, without any time of day restrictions. If you agree*, please provide your feedback, via email, or in person if desired, to make the Board of Directors aware of your opinion before end of business, Wednesday, July 15th.

Issue: Do you believe you can be trusted to water by hand (hose or bucket) any time of the day, or trusted to direct your employees to do the same, intelligently taking into account that hot, windy conditions should be avoided, due to increased water evaporation loss?

How you can make a difference: email the Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors by this Wednesday, July 15th, and inform the Board of Directors of your written public comments.

Tell them you are providing public comment by objecting to time of day restrictions for Sections 17.6.2 g) and 17.7.2 g.)

Revised language should read as follows:

"Watering is permitted anytime [delete: before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.] with a bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties."

Email your Public Hearing comments to: S.F.I.D. Board of Directors, c/o Michael Bardin, G.M., by Wed., July 15th.

Prudent reasons to remove time of day restrictions for hand-watering:

1. Cool, overcast conditions will not result in evaporation water loss during daytime hours.

2. District customers have varying work schedules/responsibilities which may necessitate hand watering during mid-day hours.

3. Landscape maintenance workers, who service properties during mid-day hours, should be permitted to responsibly hand-water when directed by the owners of the property.

4. Customers with plants under patio roofs or garden structures will have minimal, if any, evaporation loss during mid-day hours.

5. Requiring customers to leave buckets of water sitting around their property creates hazards: young children can drown in a bucket of water, and West Nile Virus incidents are increasing, County-wide.

6. Many customers are avid gardeners, and will be prohibited from carrying out routine garden tasks - setting out plants, or dividing and transplanting plants - during mid-day hours if this hand-watering time restriction is not removed.

7. Most importantly, the customers of the S.F.I.D. should be respected and trusted to carefully manage their water allocation units. They should be respected to prudently hand apply water to their properties at times that are convenient to their family/work schedules and the schedules of their employees, keeping in mind to avoid water loss during high temperatures and/or windy conditions.

Thanking you in advance for your kind attention to this request for Public Comment.

Please circulate to your friends and neighbors who are customers of S.F.I.D.

Marlene King
Dir., S.F.I.D. Board of Directors, Div. 3