Recently, while visiting Palm Springs, I could not help but notice the very large and beautiful water fountains with waterfalls and sprays; acres of water pools for rowboats and ducks, lush landscaping everywhere, swimming pools, wonderful green golf courses and even flooded gutters. While having lunch at a beautiful golf resort, I noticed the sprinklers came on three times.
May I suggest an investigative report on where all the water comes from for the chain of cities in this desert? I suspect it comes from the Colorado River, which eventually feeds Los Angeles, but I'm not sure. It did not appear there was any water rationing rules for residents or businesses such as we have in Northern California. I wonder if this desert area had never been developed into megaresorts and communities requiring an abundant water supply, maybe Northern California would not have to pump water to LA from the delta.
I look forward to your report as do others I have asked who do not have any answers, just suspicions.PAUL KONSDORF
Editor's note: The consumer-friendly Web site www.water-ed.org/watersources provides information about where communities in California get their water. According to the site, Palm Springs relies on groundwater (wells) and local streams and reservoirs. That doesn't quite tell the whole story. The Coachella Valley Water District serves much of that area and its Web site, www.cvwd.org, provides more details, including the fact that recycled water is used at many golf courses, that water from the Colorado River is used to replenish underground basins and that conservation is a high priority.