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Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media
CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill

Posted on 07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media.

If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought.

In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door.

Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming.

“Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said.

Karen Halbo lives in River Park. She says it’s not about whose lawn is greener anymore, it’s about whose lawn is browner.

“Frankly when your lawn looks as bad as mine does you sort of want to encourage others to stop watering concrete,” she said.

Down the street, Pam Ferko admits the pressure from her neighbors not to waste sometimes has her sneaking around.

“I think my husband has been guilty of coming out late at night and doing a little secretive watering underneath the trees,” she said.

Even the Capitol lawn is drought shaming by example, with signs reading “If we can go brown, so can you.”

Some may find the drought shaming vindictive or sneaky, but the city says that competition is motivation, and it’s working to reduce water waste.

“Obviously we can’t see everything, can’t be everywhere so having people in the community helping us out—residents, neighbors—reporting those types of things is a great tool for us too,” Davis said.

The city says from January to June, it’s received more than 8,000 calls to its water-use complaint line. Just last month, the city saw a 17 percent cut in water use.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: baitfish; conservation; drought; droughtshaming; environment; facebook; nannystate; sacramento; socialmedia; twitter; water

1 posted on 07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Socialist media.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 5:33:15 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 07/14/2014 5:33:20 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If you inform on your neighbors, are you eligible for a "Hero of the Soviet Union California" award at the next state rally?
4 posted on 07/14/2014 5:37:25 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
RE :” Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water ...”

In summer 1999 here in Maryland under Parris Glendening the state government imposed fines for outdoor water usage and have the BS Sun and local news shows give a ‘rat on your neighbor for using water outdoors’ hotline, that the Maryland police enforced.

However the police had to witness it themselves so it resulting in mainly intimidation.

I used to take walks at night and could smell when someone had watered.

5 posted on 07/14/2014 5:39:10 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Then we get something like “nextdoor.com” to facilitate this behavior (plus possibly tattling on people who are preppers).


6 posted on 07/14/2014 5:44:05 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Just last month, the city saw a 17 percent cut in water use.

Next, falling revenue will be blamed for the oncoming water department rate hike.

You know they'll do it. This stuff writes itself.

7 posted on 07/14/2014 5:45:24 AM PDT by W. (Democrats need the 'poor' to justify their political existence. What'd LBJ say? "I'll have them ni..)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m gonna really be angry if someone posts crap on my FB or twitter accounts. Oh. Damn. I forgot. I don’t have either and don’t really care cause I don’t do guilt or shame. Guess I’ll go crank up the “irritation” system. ;>}


8 posted on 07/14/2014 5:49:42 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: W.

Mid July in Michigan and you can’t get the lawn mowed for all the rain, it never dries out. Deer graze in my lawn.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 5:52:58 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As a lifelong resident of Kali i’ll scream it again, when the bureaucrats stop handing out building permits like candy then they will have my attention that there’s a water problem.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 5:58:35 AM PDT by broken_clock (Do it Sarah! Cut the ties that bind.)
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To: W.
Next, falling revenue will be blamed for the oncoming water department rate hike.

Ayup. While this story isn't from Californicatia, it is from another liberal stronghold, Albuquerque, NM.

http://www.abqjournal.com/388697/news/utility-seeks-to-raise-water-rates-as-use-drops-2.html

11 posted on 07/14/2014 6:20:43 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


12 posted on 07/14/2014 7:03:21 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: broken_clock

When they deport the millions of illegal aliens that are here there will be enough water for the rest of us. There. ;)


13 posted on 07/14/2014 7:35:25 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Beagle8U
Mid July in Michigan and you can’t get the lawn mowed for all the rain, it never dries out. Deer graze in my lawn.

Same here in central Illinois, I've got mushrooms springing up in places. Not complaining though, my garden looks great.

Farmers corn crop looks to be about 10 ft. high.

14 posted on 07/14/2014 8:03:38 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12;32)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Exactly what this regime — reflecting its master Satan — wants: neighbor against neighbor, family members at each other’s throats, and a general environment of chaos.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 8:04:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Graybeard58

Weeds in my garden are almost waist high. It is too wet to till between the rows.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 8:11:23 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Quislings, informants, collaborators, should be eligible for at least 50 lbs of salt spread on their lawn late at night, with phrases and geometric patterns and artwork for the most deserving.

In the meantime, there ought to be a business opportunity for someone spraying the dead grass with green food coloring...(better put up a sign advertising it's a dye job, though).

17 posted on 07/14/2014 8:16:40 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Whatever happened to demand forcing creation/aquisition of new supply?


18 posted on 07/14/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: W.

Just like power, they use the conservation levels as the new “baseline” and since revenue dropped from lower volume, they raise the rates.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 8:39:24 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And no one questions the EPA for causing the situation...all to save some delta smelt...


20 posted on 07/14/2014 9:37:13 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: sheana
When they deport the millions of illegal aliens that are here there will be enough water for the rest of us. There. ;)

Hey that's right, I'll scream even louder if those building permits are used to house illegals. :))

21 posted on 07/14/2014 9:37:28 AM PDT by broken_clock (Do it Sarah! Cut the ties that bind.)
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To: CSM

If I recall correctly, there are still significant portions of the state capital that are not on water meters ... they just pay a flat rate no matter how much water they use. (You should hear the screaming every time a proposal is made to install water meters ... you’d think the residents were being forced to support Prop 8!)


22 posted on 07/14/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: Beagle8U

“Deer graze in my lawn.”

You should be able to get your grass back -in a way, come deer season.

My yard supports a herd of 4 females and a 3 y.o. buck who’s reluctant to leave the herd. I made a PVC deer feeder I fill with deer corn. During the rut the girls attract all kinds of suitors and don’t mind if some of the juvenile bucks leave them alone, like forever. They’ll select a buck for them and he’ll stay around until someone gets him. In the past year they had an 8-pt. and a 6-pt. with them.

I don’t target the members of the herd but apparently someone else does across the street. Since the bucks like to roam they disappear but not the does. The does stay in a conservation area and provided I keep the deer feeder stocked. They rarely cross the street during the day and only leave the preservation area to pick up a new buck. We have an Oct. thru Feb. season for deer in this part of FL so bucks don’t last long.

Watching this herd I’ve learned they are quite sociable animals. The girls will spend up to an hour standing at the edge of my front yard at night waiting to see if one of their buck acquaintances will approach from the forest stand across the street. My property has the only break in fencing for 1+ mile so I get all the deer traffic into the large swamp and preserve on my side of the road.


23 posted on 07/14/2014 9:50:35 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa

Oh, I do shoot them in the fall when the season opens.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 10:05:38 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

Michigan, you’ve got some big bucks up there. The 6 and 8-pt. bucks in my area are less than 150 lbs. But we do have a 2-buck per day limit and an Oct. - Feb season to make up for it. ; )


25 posted on 07/14/2014 10:20:53 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa

We have a 2 buck per year limit and 90+ day season.

Does on the other hand are almost unlimited in the number you can shoot. The tags are unlimited in some areas, there is no daily or yearly limit on them.


26 posted on 07/14/2014 11:06:04 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: CSM

Actually, that was caused by some geek in a black robe.


27 posted on 07/14/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Illegal aliens in the US drink the equivalent of Lake Tahoe every year.

Our resources are finite, we either decide to save them for our children or let third world invaders use them up.


28 posted on 07/15/2014 12:45:04 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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