Solving State’s Water Needs
So, California is entering its fifth year of drought? You would never know it, if you lived in La Quinta and environs. Here, water gushes out forcefully, joyfully from our taps, and the vast expanses of lawns established on desert terrain are kept emerald-green year-round by sprinklers that are turned on even during the day, when evaporation is at its highest.
There are no less than 100 golf courses within a 25-mile radius of Palm Springs, and you do not have to be an Einstein to realize that it takes a lot more water to maintain a golf course in the desert than it does along the coast or in cooler climates.
Why do we waste water so wantonly? For the recreation of mostly old, mostly affluent people. The rest of the water users can eat cake.
ANGIE ALTMAN, La Quinta