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Friday, June 10, 2011


Hi all,
Much discussion about water, the drought season brings out all sorts of "information" about things that lack one essential element; facts!!!

In case you all have not noticed, we are in the midst of a very significant drought which has persisted for some time. Believe it or not, one of our Associations has actually engaged an Attorney to threaten UCO, for "not providing adequate water in a canal" to allow for proper irrigation.

I have examined all UCO documentation, and nowhere does it say that UCO can make it rain!!!
Now for some facts;  below you will see the latest Reclaimed Water flow for Century Village; as you can see, we have been receiving a 30 day average flow in excess of 900 thousand gallons per day. We are fortunate to receive that, because our contract only allows for 750 thousand gallons per day.

UCO is doing the best we can, but my best advice is to pray for rain.

Dave Israel


  1. Hi Dave. I know you and UCO are working very hard on this and many other items. For the naysayers on the reclaimed water contract issue, I just pray we can increase our reclaimed water draw in the future, as the dry spells here seem to be getting longer and dryer. PS. Offer this to the attorney: Maybe UCO could fill in a few of the dry canals for walking trails??? ;-)

  2. As I do my evening walk across the footbridge over the north canal I notice and reclaimed water coming in swiftly and strongly. It looks to be about 3 inches high over the canal. In the morning it looks almost dry. Evaporation and I believe that the sprinklers have taken the water. The only winner for that Association would be the lawyer. they say, a fool and his money are soon parted!

  3. It is more than evaporation and the sprinklers using the reclaimed water we get, from what I understand. It is as though our lakes are in a very large colander.

    Picture this (don't actually do it): Put a colander in your sink. Fill all around it with dry dirt. Now put water in the colander. The water will seep out fast (be lost to us) until the surrounding dirt becomes sufficiently saturated. Then it seeps out much more slowly. It's something like this, isn't it, Dom G.?

  4. When David says to "pray for rain" he is more right on than he probably realizes and here's why:

    Rain water normally is more nutritious than ground water. Rainwater contains nitrogen-bearing molecules, partially a result of air pollutants scavenged from the air by raindrops, but more often a result of nitrogen oxides produced by lightning. Nitrogen is an important natural
    fertilizer for the soil. Therefore, rain from thunderstorms tends to be the most nutritious rain.

    Soil tends to strip nitrogen and other "chemicals" from rainwater as it percolates through the soil. Thus, the water that accumulates in the ground as groundwater can vary from being somewhat to mostly depleted of nutrition.

    One good soaking rain is worth more than all the reclaimed water you can carry in a million buckets.


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