- Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:57
- Posted by R. Michael Brown
By: Bob Vila, Civic Association Director & Water Committee Member
A couple of rainy days this week won't change the fact that Palm Beachers are in for dry times. Stage two water restrictions have been imposed. Island residents must now limit watering to twice a week. And, it could get much worse.
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Harvey L. Poppel, Civic Association Director & Water Resouces Committee Chair presented to the Town of Palm Beach Water Committee covering historical and current rates residents pay for water, ideas for a new rate structure as the Town re-negotiates extending the contract with the City of West Palm Beach, and an update on Smart Irrigation.
The topic? Water. Specifically, dumping more drinkable water on the ground than is necessary is an extravagance we can ill afford. When Shawna Price began working in May as a horticulturist with Botanica Landscaping in West Palm Beach, she was shocked at how much water her clients were wasting, especially in the Town of Palm Beach.
Dear Palm Beacher:
Below are a few of the important Q's and A's about Smart Irrigation:
Q: How much water is used Town-wide by the 3,300 property owners with City Water Bills?
A: Town-wide, we currently consume a staggering 2.5 billion gallons of water per year—roughly 80% for landscaping—at an annual cost of $11.4 million.
The following is a letter to the editor for the Palm Beach Daily News from Harvey L. Poppel, Civic Association Director and Water Committee Chairman.