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Do as they say...

KCRA3 did an exposé a while back about water wasted by the County Water Agency. Some people in a part of Elk Grove that gets its water from the County had noticed a pipe leaking and water flowing down the drain. KCRA's people looked into it and learned the County doesn't calculate how much water is wasted for all of its pipe leaks, some of which wasted water for weeks on end until finally fixed. Since we're in the middle of the rainy season now, this may not sound like a big deal. But the reality is that our deep drought isn't over yet - and we're likely to have more drought conditions in the future. So if YOU are asked to conserve water, it only makes sense for your water supplier to do likewise.

"As for the pipe we referenced earlier off of Hendon Way, since 2008 the county has spent nearly $30,000 to repair the pipe 11 times."
Brittany Johnson, KCRA3 reporter in "Californians are asked to conserve during drought. Some water companies don't even track what they waste" (Nov. 22, 2021)
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Though mostly in what used to be open space south of the American River, the County Water Agency supplies water to several parts of the county.

The water supply infrastructure hereabouts is spread among many public and private water purveyors. with accountability running every which way. The County Water Agency does not supply water uniformly across the county, it sort of fills in gaps in the patchwork of water supply entities that evolved over the years. That's certainly the case here in Arden Arcade. As it does with most municipal functions for which it is responsible, the County deals with leaks in its water system tactically instead of strategically. It tries to minimize costs-as-you-go by putting band aids over cancers, in the hopes of future catastropes being addressed if fix-it money falls out of the sky in the form of grants. That's a feature of having the County Board of Supervisors as the Board of Directors for the County Water Agency. We've mentioned on several past occasions that it takes 3 Supervisors to do anything and that, since the Supervisors tend to respond to the subset of County voters who elected them (or avoid responding at all), municipal issues and expenses that cross Supervisorial District lines are problemmatic. The County's water system is full of holes, just like the County's roads. Ask yourself if the County is up to the job or if something needs to be changed.


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