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Brimming Reservoirs

Re water glut and Costa Mesa Reservoir Project: Now that Carl Boronkay, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California admits we have a glut of water in California (On California column, “Water Glut: Take a Bow, Southern California,” Aug. 25), why does the Mesa Consolidated Water District still want to build an unnecessary $20-million reservoir?

Now that virtually all, if not all, reservoirs in the State Water Project are full, why does MCWD still want to destroy a quiet, safe residential neighborhood for three years for a unneeded reservoir?

Now that Californians have saved sometimes twice as much water through conservation than was even asked of them, why does MCWD still push for a reservoir and yet not pass even a restriction prohibiting people from hosing down the driveway?

Now that Met customers have reduced their water needs by a whopping 38% when they were only asked to conserve 15%, why does MCWD anticipate its rates will go higher to pay for the unneeded $20-million reservoir?

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Now that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials say our weather was of minimal impact (about 4%) on our water conservation success, why does MCWD still push for an unneeded and expensive reservoir that will not create or save any water at all?

Now that the Met has offered to sell 50,000 acre-feet of water at half price so reservoirs that are now full will have room for more deliveries, why does MCWD still want to build an unneeded and expensive reservoir?

The board of directors of MCWD had better wake up and realize its job is to make sure we don’t spend millions of dollars on unneeded projects, not the other way around!

MICHAEL DUNLEVIE

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