PIC: Wasting Water on Oak Grove for at Least the Past Three Months

August 19, 2014 8:00 am · 19 comments


You can barely see it in the picture, but it’s there.

The sprinkler, which is facing Oak Grove Rd. in front of the Citrus Shopping Center in Walnut Creek, is pouring dozens of gallons of water into the street, every morning, for at least the past three months.

People have been contacted several times regarding the broken sprinkler, but water continues to gush on a daily basis.

This isn’t helping with the drought.

funny man August 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM


Dorothy August 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Maybe a more contact needed? A sign posted on their door in large letters? Some notice on how to turn a sprinkler head – with pictures?

Random Task August 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

they only want to stick it to the homeowners and let the Subaru snobs tell on their neighbors …this and other like it at shopping centers and such will get no attention its all a scam to perpetuate neighbor against neighbor to throw off from the illegal acts the politicians and unions are about to do to us before the next election

no name needed August 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

There is also a sprinkler that sprays directly on the street – condos on the corner of Landana and Concord Blvd. Every am at 5:40. Been like that for weeks!

Share the Road with Me August 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

You can report them to the water company for that area.

mee August 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

We use well water for our place, and have a few acres, only an acre landscaped. Read up on well water use. Not enough wells used in this area to make a difference in our water supply etc… but in some areas farmers are switching to well water.. Hey, we have to eat. But still, even though using our well water does not effect out water supply in any way, too long to explain, we are not using it because it just looks bad. ( btw I do know it lowers the water table slightly, but as I said, studied it, and makes no difference here at least.) But the ground has actually sunk 2 inches in places where a lot of ground water is being used. Areas around silicone valley have measured land sinkage due to well water use for grapes etc.. 2 inches in places? Kind of scary, if the current drought isn’t scary enough. Last thing, quit releasing so much water in the rainy seasons from our reservoirs. And during snow melt etc.. Which they do now Way more than in the past. If they did not, we would have more water reserved right now … This is only one issue I have with CA water management. I could go on and on how they left us dangerously unprepared for a couple dry years, which is not that uncommon here. Also, looking back, 76-78 were drier years, yet was had, even then, more water reserves. I know there are several factors involved, but our water management imo is a joke, and also have not always been exactly honest about many things, including snow packs and rain fall amounts and also why they have to control release so much water. And mostly Why our reservoirs have not been near full capacity in 20 plus years despite some very wet years. Why?? Salmon? I aint buying it. Don’t insult my intelligence.. About the how’s and whys…

Just a Concordian August 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

The city of WC, appropriately named in this case, (WC stands for water closet) needs to hire Edi Birsan who will knock out this case in 3 minutes flat after having discussed at great lengths the risks posed by summer sprinkler vandals.

RunnerDope August 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

You know, anyone can redirect a sprinkler by just turning the inner column.

RunnerDope August 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Although, the one shown in the photo has other problems, as well.

RCC August 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Lesson learned for their laziness, it looks like an above ground sprinkler head. If they dont want to fix it, unscrew that bad boy and cap it. 49 cents or something like that for those PVC caps. It’d make me smile 🙂

@ mee August 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“Don’t insult my intelligence.”

From trying to get through your almost unreadable post there doesn’t seem to be much intelligence to insult.

Mother of 3 August 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Did I just read somewhere that the fines for this were $500 a day for residents during this drought? Might be wrong, haven’t had enough coffee yet today to remember the exact article…Does that apply to commercial?

Sunnymoon August 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Well, obviously Walnut Creek has a secret water storage resource. How else can they afford to waste so much water when we have to cut our water use by 20%.

Peter August 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I would like to point out the pittance this wasting. The majority of water used is by agriculture and manufacturing. Landscaping is the very visible low hanging fruit. Meaningful change would be illegalizing things like almonds being produce.

“California almonds use a stunning 1.1 trillion gallons of water each year, or enough for you to take a 10-minute shower each day for 86 million years”

“accounting for approximately 80 percent of the Nation’s consumptive water use and over 90 percent in many Western States.”

YYZ August 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The Woodlands HOA will save the planet! It’s “their” shopping center!

Silva August 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

#11, Yep.

Freeman August 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Somebody call the Water Gestapo, because DOZENS of gallons may have been wasted.

bigbry August 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I got a better idea if it bothers you so much go fix it yourself obviously they dont care, there problem solved, stop your crying

Hmmm August 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

How about all the water the City of WC is wasting EVERY night on Treat Blvd near the P-Hill bart station coming off the center divide landscaping???

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