Please remember that the weather as most things in nature changes, usually in cycles.
Having a knee jerk reaction to one of these cycles has been proven to be short sided. Fact, the earth is approximately two thirds water, California is located on the Pacific Ocean on its west boundaries.
Desalination plants are being developed and used alonein this region, there are drought resistant plants as well as lawns etc.
Today, property septic system(s) may be one of these solutions.
All water use of a property using a septic system becomes recycled on the property, 100 percent.
Design, implementation and use of recycled water (gray water etc…) both in commercial and residential new buildings/development should be enforced and mandated, not optional.
Property development, landscape plans should be strongly reviewed on these two subjects and enforced using both “storm water” and “drought” guidelines.
This should become a mandatory requirement as is currently state storm water guidelines. Do not be fooled by the simple concept of “Morphing.”
Just because today we are in a drought should not mean that we disregard prudent and sound state mandated “storm water” guidelines.
Allowing a property or project to become developed that doses not fulfill state “storm water” mandated guidelines, just because we are currently in a drought period, will prove to be harmful to us all.
When it rains, and it will, the rain run off from properties from both commercial and residential properties goes directly into its, neighbors, streets and Ocean.
Focus on current state “storm water” guidelines is even more important today due to the possible and current drought conditions.
Safety for our environment as well as our residents should be first and foremost, not profit.
Scott Carter is a Leucadia resident.