Lifestyles of the Rich and Parched


Many mornings, just before 7 a.m., a large tanker truck pulls up to the grand gates of Oprah Winfrey’s 40-acre estate in Montecito, California. Inside is neither merchandise nor produce – just water. A year ago, Oprah’s annual bill from the Montecito Water District was … Read more…

This is what I have to say about it: This article feels like the one’s Rudy’s always complaining about, where someone is trying to con people into believing they’re saying one thing but actually below the surface they’re actually disclosing something completely opposite. Come’on, does the author Ann Louise Bardach really think people who have enough money to purchase water actually shower at the Y and take their garments to laundromats? “One prominent Montecito lawyer—after paying a $1,500 water fine—admits he has been taking his wash to the laundromat while his family has been showering at the Montecito Y.”… It would have been much more believable if Ms. Bardach had written “*household staff are taking his wash to the laundromat and the help is showering at the Montecito Y*. I believe Ms. Bardach is struggling with a fictionalized conversation.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not disputing California isn’t in drought mode but “A 60-acre avocado orchard/estate was watered by four wells until this year when all four dried up leaving the trees to slowly but inexorably die off”; This is a bullshit statement… “Adult trees can go without *supplemental* water, depending on rainfall and temperatures and can easily develop root rot from over-watering or rain water accumulation”. Therefore even if all 4 wells dried up the trees WOULD NOT have died already. Ms. Bardach finishes up by stating “Until then, some of the town’s rich and famous will continue showering at the Montecito Y” which is a contradiction to her contention of *so many of great wealth are buying water for lawns, even polo fields*. So which is it Ms. Bardach, and please be honest. Where do you really stand on this water situation because I certainly can’t figure it out from your discombobulated article? Are you pro or con because as I’m sure you know “Buying water rather than pumping it out of a hose attached to a city/county meter does not constitute *Water Conservation*”

There really is no shortage of water; however there is definitely a shortage of clean and accessible water. 71% of the Earth’s surface is saline water-covered. The oceans hold about 96.5 percent, but water also exists in the air as vapor, in swamps, rivers, lakes, snow, icecaps, glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture, in aquifers, swimming pools and the average adult human body is 50-65% water. This water is in a constant cycle – it evaporates from the ocean, travels through the air, rains down on the land and then flows back to the ocean.

No it’s not *clean water* because the rain is filtered through polluted skies and being pumped out of fracked earth requiring millions of gallons of fresh water, acres of land per well pad, and the use of undisclosed chemicals.

Santa Catalina Island, Los Angeles County, has had a desalination plant on the island run by Southern California Edison since 1991. It produces 200,000 gallons of drinking water daily, about 20 percent of Catalina’s daily supply during the summer tourist season of 1 million people.

California’s population is 38.04 million. Marin County’s population is only 256,069, approximately ¼ of the 1 million tourists who visit Catalina annually. Therefore 1 desalination plant in Marin County’s would produce enough clean water daily for approximately 80% of the County.

Fifteen desalination projects are proposed along the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco Bay. But is desalination going to cause a more environmentally harmful situation?