Reporting water waste is everyone’s job in drought
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jul 24, 2014 | 3078 views | 13 13 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The decision by the State Water Resources Control Board on July 15 to levy hefty fines on individuals who are wasteful in their use of water has the whole town talking.

Questions have arisen as to how a private citizen goes about reporting wasteful water use. Not only are neighbors concerned when they see water running into the gutters, but seeing broken sprinklers shoot off excess water at local parks has left some feeling a bit steamed.

Both Tracy and Mountain House have implemented ways to report broken sprinklers or individuals who are water wasters.

In Tracy, you can report via the city’s website: www.ci.tracy.ca.us. On the home page, first click on “Contact Us” at the top right-hand corner and then click on the “Contact Form” button, which will take you to “Government Outreach.” For those without Internet, you can call 831-6300.

“We are averaging around three to five calls a day reporting things,” Stephanie Reyna-Hiestand, water manager for Tracy, said. “It’s important when reporting broken sprinklers at parks to give us as much detail as possible. When we go out there, the water may not be on. So we need a lot of detail. If citizens see things like broken sprinklers, please let us know.”

If you reside in Mountain House, you can report broken sprinklers and wasteful water use by going to the Community Services District website: www.mountain

housecsd.org. Once on the home page, click on the “Service Request” button found on the left-hand side. Those without Internet can call 831-2300.

“In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in reports,” Gabe Karam, interim general manager, said. “People are trying to comply with the water conservation ordinance we passed in Mountain House last month.”

Around town

Neighborhoods are gearing up for the 31st annual National Night Out, which will take place on Aug. 5. This annual event encourages neighbors to get together in the spirit of bringing awareness to crime prevention. If you’re new in a neighborhood, this is a great way to meet your neighbors.

In Tracy, police, fire and city officials will visit registered neighborhoods from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is free. The deadline to register is Monday at Tracy Police Department, 1000 Civic Center Drive. For more information, call crime prevention specialist Vivian Mendoza at 831-6614.

Mountain House will have a communitywide National Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m. at Central Community Park, located at 25 E. Main St. There will be local vendors on hand and a special kids area. Residents are encouraged to take a picnic dinner and a potluck dish to share. For more information, contact Melissa Saldana at 597-1022.

• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at annemarie@columnist.com.

 
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newtotracy
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August 01, 2014
one thing that would be nice? a few more directions on how to report abuse online.

there are a lot of options...is this a problem? a complaint?

what department is it regarding?

glad we have the link, but doing it right might actually get the violators educated...
grammaGotAnIphone
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August 02, 2014
GoReport is an app for the smart phones. Take a picture and send it to the city. How hard could it be?

Gotta love this country. Billions of people and not one of them can figure. No wonder kids are failing English and math.
warthog69
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July 29, 2014
Hahaha are you a critic, English teacher, or employed by the city? or all of the above.
warthog69
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July 29, 2014
Hahaha you must either be an English teacher, a critic, or you work for Public Works?
Hahahahahaha
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July 29, 2014
The truth is that you and I might possibly be in agreement on the original topic, but I can't know for sure until I receive the translation of what you typed.
warthog69
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July 28, 2014
Tracy city states that it is the job of public works dept to maintain parks and landscape. What a bunch of lazy overpaid do nothing's! Has anyone seen the water being wasted at veterans park? Visiting a friend this weekend and there were several missing sprinklers creating very large ponds YES ponds. Also several watering the streets. Why is any one from the water works doing anything except hiding out in there air conditioned trucks stealing tax payers money. What a bunch of losers. We need new management and employees in this department who care for there jobs and the people who pay them and not just themselves again LOOSERS
Hahahahahaha
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July 29, 2014
After reading this, I'd say your English teacher was a lazy, overpaid do-nothing.
sb2482
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July 28, 2014
I'll bet there are a lot of folks just itching to turn in their neighbors instead of first informing them about the water restrictions.

I know this has been discussed before but did the city ever contract with a new landscaping company?There are still so many streets in town with medians and walkways full of weeds and plants that need trimming as well as parks that need mowing. Are we getting any closer to looking like a town that cares?
ertion
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July 27, 2014
Turn Tracy into a city of spies and snitches, not neighbors. It'll be just grand living here watching each other so nobody's lawn gets the wrong shade of green.

Great idea.
rayderfan
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July 24, 2014
I would like to report the City of Tracy for wasting water by watering the medians, the curbs, the street and everything else on Tracy Blvd.

Who is going to hold them responsible for wasting water during a drought?
newtotracy
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July 28, 2014
we are...file a complaint using the form in the letter...if enough of us alert them to their own issues...they will have to fix them.

we have the power, we just don't choose to use it of late...it's sad.
rayderfan
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July 28, 2014
That's a good idea newtotracy. Thank you for the information.


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