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Manteca stands by decision to turn off water play feature

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POSTED July 8, 2014 1:22 a.m.

Manteca City Manager Karen McLaughlin’s decision to turn off the interactive water play feature at Library Park this year due to the drought isn’t popular with some folks.

Resident Riley Vinson appeared at last week’s council meeting urging the city turn the water feature on. He indicated it was his belief more kids were wasting water on hot days by turning on hoses in yards and playing with them.

McLaughlin said the city opted to turn off the play feature as part of the effort to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s request that all Californians reduce water use by 20 percent as the state is in its third year of a severe drought.

McLaughlin said it wouldn’t be right for the city to waste water while asking residents to cutback.

Unlike some water play features such as the ones in Ripon and Lathrop, the water at Library Park is not recycled. Instead it goes directly into the storm drain.

Play features in Ripon and Lathrop recycle more than 90 percent of the water.

Manteca went with the system it did to save money up front as well as to reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Water play features that recycling water typically cost twice as much to build and have significant ongoing expenses related to water testing and making sure recycled water meets health department standards.


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fjar: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I fully support the City Managers decision to shut down the water feature, in compliance with the Governors 20% water reduction request.Mr. Vinson told the council that kids waste more water cooling off under residential sprinklers, than water used by the city.Residents are currently monetarily penalized by rate increases, if they exceed the normal usage. So, if residents fail to comply with the normal usage then pay the price. I could care less about this Governors request for a 20% reduction in water usage.I save water for the benefit of this city having enough water to outlast these drought conditions.This Governor wants us to cut back in water consumption by 20%, while he wants to tax us for twin tunnels to pipe our delta water to Southern Ca. This is a good reason to split this state into two separate is time for Southern become independent of our water supply. Southern Ca. has oil revenue that we don't have in Northern Ca.They can afford to build large desalination plants.If a small city in Southern Ca. can totally pay for a 60M dollar upfront Wolf Resort, they can surely pay their part, in constructing a desalination plant. This is the same tax predators that this city is poised to deal with.

I noticed one commissioner in the Bulletin news, is trying to justify the Governors twin tunnels, by telling us it would be good for the Delta and Central California. This man can stow that opinion,for I am not buying into it. Taxing us to steal our water, doesn't cut it.

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