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Letter: Building of apartments, condos not helping water supply

February 07, 2014

I drove down Central Avenue from Glenoaks to San Fernando Road yesterday. There is no way to count the number of new apartments and condos being built but the number has to be in the mid-hundreds. Maybe 500?

Then I read several articles in the L.A. Times talking about how California’s snow survey shows record low and Gov. Brown calling for a "voluntary reduction in water use by 20%." There can be no doubt that the state’s water supply is down and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight.

If none of the apartments and condos under construction are occupied and therefore not using any water, then how, when they become occupied, can they reduce their water usage by 20%? My point is that we are building ourselves out of water.

I have lived in Glendale for a long time. I have been through this before. I have reduced my water usage only to see my water rate go up. Then we have water but the rate doesn’t go down. Now we are about to run out of water again but we are adding capacity exponentially and looking to add more.

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The enlightened individuals (I jest) who sit on our City Council are supposed to be the ones looking into the future and making sure that existing residents’ quality of life is not negatively impacted by current events.

By selling out to developers in the misguided effort to beef up tax revenue they have assured that I will have a cactus garden in the future. Hopefully I will be able to flush a toilet.

Jim Kussman
Glendale

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