Doreen Ott: When it comes to drought, Modesto could learn from Carmel

January 23, 2014 

As we all know, we have a situation that has impacted all of us in our area and all of California. Drought.

I want to share some history from my hometown of the late ’70s to early ’80s in Carmel. We were in a drought at that time and what occurred was that we were required to use only 50 gallons a day, per person, in our residence. We had a bucket in the shower to capture water to flush a toilet. A rather crass rhyme was used: “If it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down.” Washing a car in your driveway was prohibited.

When I moved to Modesto, I couldn’t believe all the green lawns. The Carmel area has been under water restrictions to conserve water and most front yards are still drought-resistant plants.

My point is that we do need to be miserly with our water and not take it for granted.

DOREEN OTT

Modesto

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