Linda Cooley, San Juan Capistrano
Frequent business travel takes me to all regions of the United States and beyond.
This past spring and summer, I traveled within California quite a bit and sadly have seen the effects of the severe drought throughout our state.
The drought has negatively impacted water quality in many parts of our state—other areas had water quality problems prior to the drought condition. I have been advised by hotel staff not to drink the tap water or even brush teeth with it. The odor of the water coming from the tap in some California cities and towns is terrible, even taking a shower is unpleasant.
Then I come home to San Juan Capistrano. The water from my tap at home is odorless and it tastes just fine. I attribute the difference to our groundwater recovery plant and I applaud our city’s leadership and staff for originating and maintaining the plant.
While I follow local news and am cognizant of the issues that may impact our water rates in the future, the fact is that in San Juan Capistrano we have clean, clear, odorless drinkable water. We take it for granted while many other California residents pay premium rates for water of far less quality than ours.