People Behaving Badly: East Bay water wasters

OAKLAND (KRON) — Water was pouring out of the hose shooting out almost all the way to the street here for about eight hours a day at a home in the Oakland Hills.

One neighbor told KRON4’s Stanley Roberts the water has been on like that for two-to-three days. Neighbors are complaining about the house in the 500 block of Maxwelton Street in the Oakland Hills.

According to neighbors, water sprayed uninterrupted for days until…

“One of our water conservation techs called the customer, and as well called the person who reported the water waste, spoke with them,” East Bay Municipal Utility District spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said. “Someone went to the home and noticed that the water was still spraying, so what we did was shut off the irrigation valves since it appeared the owner didn’t know that the sprinklers were spraying as much as they were.”

Could this simply be a case of the home owners not being home at the time?

A note was left on the door, but all that remains is a sliver of paper. Neighbors said they were home. They simply refused to curtail their water usage.

And this is just one of over 1,000 complaints. In fact, according to the East Bay MUD, in 2014, there were about 6,500 water waste reports for the entire year.

However, in the last eight weeks, they have received over 1,400, nearly half are residents of business overwatering or not following the current water use restrictions.

So what are the restrictions?

The restrictions are to only water before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Limit your watering to two days a week, and make sure there is no water running on to the sidewalk or pavement.

If you are washing your car using your hose, make sure it has a shutoff nozzle, so that it’s not just running. And if you have a fountain, make sure it’s using recirculated water. Otherwise, shut it off.

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