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City Flouts Drought

A reader reported that City Hall West sprinklers were on full today - during the drought. (File photo)

A reader reported that City Hall West sprinklers were on full today – during the drought. (File photo)

A reader contacted Action Alameda News today with the photo below, noting that water sprinklers at Alameda City Hall West were on full today, mid-day, in the middle of a drought.

The picture shows the sprinklers running in full sun, spilling water on the sidewalk, on one side of the building, located at Alameda Point.

However the photographer, a woman who asked not to be identified in our reporting, asserted that the sprinklers were on all around the building.

The woman asked why the City of Alameda was running sprinklers “full blast” in the middle of the day – around 1:00 p.m. – in the middle of a drought.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency, “with California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history,” in January.

In February, East Bay Municipal Utility District, the supplier of water to Alameda and other East Bay cities, asked customers to voluntarily cut back water use by 10 percent.

Contacted by an e-mail for an explanation, with the photo attached, Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen, asked to confirm the time the photo was taken, but did respond further before the close of the business day.

Action Alameda News will provide an update with any new information.

A reader submitted this photo today of sprinklers at Alameda City Hall West on full at mid-day, during a drought. (Reader photo)

A reader submitted this photo today of sprinklers at Alameda City Hall West on full at mid-day, during a drought. (Reader photo)

2 comments to City Flouts Drought

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  • Alexander Nguyen, Assistant City Manager

    In February, the City Manager directed staff to reduce water use by 20% to address California’s drought. City Hall West has a sprinkler system that operates on timers – programed for 25 minutes two times per week, at night. There were problems with the well pump this week which caused the timers/sprinklers not to work, so the mobile sprinklers were brought out yesterday in an effort to compensate for the recent lack of water. The pump has been repaired and the programed sprinkler system will start again. Yesterday’s manual watering of the lawns was scheduled between 9 – 11:30 morning; the sprinklers were moved around every 40 minutes during that time.

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