Without public discussion, they were well on their way to engineering a water recycling program but only for homes on the Valley floor and poorer parts of the city over the hill.
The screaming headline TOILET-TO-TAP alone was enough to bring it to a halt.
Well, no surprise toilet-to-tap is back on the lips of the mayor and with all the fanfare accompanying all great leaps forward, he will announce its revival at 10 a.m. today at the Tillman Reclamation Plant, which is in the Valley of course.
The plan is called “Securing L.A.’s Water Supply,” which sounds sort of like securing our borders with 1,000 miles of fence without adopting an immigration policy or making our kids safe in school without doing anything about gangs or pedophile teachers. You know your water’s safe because you flushed it down your toilet yesterday.
Now, the reason we need this breakthrough technology is that the mayor and his backers want the city to grow by half a million people as fast as possible to refill the city treasury and keep contractors and construction workers fat and happy. That this will make traffic congestion, air pollution and the quality of life worse is of no consequence.
“Blade Runner” city here we come.
I know this is too harsh but sometimes I can’t help myself. I can’t stand being manipulated and treated like an idiot who’s too dumb to even know what time it is.
“L.A.’s future depends on our willingness to adopt an ethic of sustainability. If we don’t commit ourselves to conserving and recycling water, we will tap ourselves out,” Villaraigosa told the Daily News. “This plan makes a basic promise to our kids. We are going to recycle and conserve enough water to meet 100 percent of new demand.”
We’re going to drink toilet water for the kids’ sake? Aw. c’mon Antonio.
We’re going to drink water so some people can get rich. We’re going to drink toilet water because we put growth at any cost ahead of the quality of life. We’re going to drink toilet water because we don’t have the imagination or will to embrace regional water policies and conservation efforts
It’s like everything we do.
We don’t solve the traffic congestion problem by tougher regulations on trucks in peak hours, we put billions into the ground for subways that don’t take us where we want to go. We strip neighborhoods of a say on development so we can put up massive apartment complexes that encourage crime and poverty. We fix our schools buildings but not what goes on in the classroom. We build monuments to billionaires’ egos, not community centers for ordinary people to enjoy.
Honestly, I don’t know if Antonio and his pals are right when they say recycled toilet water is cleaner and healthier than the water the Sparkletts man delivers to my house.
But I do know this: Before we turn on the tap to toilet water, before we build a subway-to-the-sea, before we trash our residential neighborhoods with “density bonus” developments, we all need to sit down as equals and talk about who we are, where we are and where we’re going.
And that’s why the leaders of this city need to come down from their mountaintops and leave their mansions and work to develop strong community organizations that can balance out the discussions about what’s good for L.A.
Is that asking too much?
For, the record, here’s the full text of the mayor’s press release which mentions recycling but not the mayor’s flip-flop on drinking it:
MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA, LADWP TO LAY OUT FAR-REACHING
20-YEAR WATER STRATEGY FOR LA
Water demand expected to grow 15 percent by 2030, while water supplies more tenuous
LOS ANGELES – Unveiling a plan to ensure water continues to flow in Los Angeles despite a worsening outlook, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join LADWP leaders and environmentalists to lay out a long-term strategy for the City to meet growth in water demand over the next 20 years at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 15, at the Japanese Garden, 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, California, 91406.
While dry seasons and the toll of climate change continue to threaten Los Angeles’ future water supply, population growth is expected to drive up water demand in Los Angeles by 15 percent by 2030.
Developed by the Mayor’s Office and LADWP, the “Securing LA’s Water Supply” plan calls for an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to meet this increase in demand, combining short-term steps to conserve water with long-term investment in water-efficient technology and water recycling.