PIC: 7-Eleven Watering the Parking Lot During a Drought

August 27, 2014 14:47 pm · 53 comments


We’re in a drought, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the 7-Eleven store on Olivera & Port Chicago in Concord.

As you can see from the picture, they’re busy watering their parking lot.

Thanks to Justin David Allison for the picture!

mommatotwo August 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Oooh… how about a $500 fine for wasting water ? We are in a drought, people. Stop watering your lawns. Do people think it just doesn’t apply to them ?

rage ricin August 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

….Or they could just be cleaning their place of business. The flip side would be claycordians twitterbooking about how dirty this Sevvy is.

Nix August 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Time for a fine!

TeamUSA August 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You know, sometimes these posts can be so one-sided.

What if someone threw up all over the parking lot or they were just cleaning the remnants of an earlier murder? Sheesh.

lola August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

While hosing down the front of the store may seem like a waste of water, I think it’s to keep their storefront clean, which contributes to a positive customer experience. Some of you folks out there may balk at this waste of water, but you’re probably the same folks who complained about the deplorable filth and condition of the Park & Shop Mall on Willow Pass. I’m all for saving water……..but I don’t want to step over spit, gum and God knows what else as I’m walking into any establishment.

Blink August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Wander what they are cleaning off?

oldman August 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The lot maybe dirty, slippery, or dangerous. Busy body complainers.

Blah blah blah August 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Build some desalination plants and stop complaining.

Moneypenny August 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

What do you expect from 7-11?!!! This is ignorance on a grand scale or simply put they just don’t care. They should be made to drink their own urine, because if we don’t get some substantial rain anytime soon, that’s what we all will be doing……;)

oldman August 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Did he inquire about why they were washing the log? No!

Marianne August 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Let them wash the lot, it makes it look cleaner.

Local Guy August 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Complain when the lot is sticky, complain when they clean it. bunch of old ladies on here…

Jerk August 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Those places 711 or Dollar type stores are always NASTY outside – Lottery tickets all over, ice cream, gum, wrappers. Trash just dropping their trash wherever they feel.
That’s why they’ll NEVER get ANYWHERE in life. If you aren’t trusted with the menial tasks – How can you Ever be trusted with the big things in life?

Chester August 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

And why didn’t the person who took the picture call the Water District? Doesn’t do any good to just keep posting pictures without doing something about it.

Anon August 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

It smells, they are probably washing the urine/feces/vomit from the front of store. Would you want to walk in there if it smelled like pee? It’s not like they were washing for an hour or something, just a quick powerwash to keep things clean. Good grief let’s stop complaining. Also another good way to conserve water is if it’s yellow let it mellow if it’s brown flush it down.

a August 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Wow people. Mind your own business.

Mee August 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Well, no pun, on the good news it is going into the water table, creeks, and helping keep the ground water table up for our well water… But still, what a waste. Our friend waters their livestock and all excess water in the little reservoir goes right in the ground and back into the water table from where they pump the water, naturally filtered and back up to fill the pond… Same with ours. I noticed run off goes into the ground or creek and raises the water table ever so much, so no waste. Wells are an exception, unless it is done excessively by farmers… I am pretty darn sure this aint well water though and if city water deserves a big fine. I just wish people get their facts strait about some facts about well water… Water table water is a whole other ball of wax then reservoir water and actually goes right into the rivers, creeks and makes zero difference in the big picture. I wish I could post an illustration. I am not gloating, only explaining some people, esp farms that grow your food, raise your livestock etc..are now using more well water, and people should know about well water and even in the driest desert there is ground water if you dig deep enough. Almost everywhere. Billions of gallons.. I say we should start to utilize this basically forgotten and untapped resource for at least landscape needs… More.. PS. They actually found a layer of water recently inside the earth that rivals the seas in volume… And fresh I believe..

Oily Boyd August 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Thats a lot of oil being washed into the sewer. Have you ever seen the oil slicks in front of these places? Yuck.

Ctown August 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Big deal! They are trying to keep the place clean. We are not in a full blown drought yet people. Move on with your lives.

Blink August 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

If you want to be outraged…pick on hydrant hitters!

Think this pix a visual troll

local chick August 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Here’s an idea: all of you who don’t think the drought is a big deal can give then YOUR water and go without. This way, the rest of us who care about the water ( which is necessary for life, by the way) and do conserve can be sure we’ll still have some. Enjoy your clean parking lot.

SKS August 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Maybe somebody threw up on the pavement. Or dumped out their week-old coffee.

Or would you rather have them leave it for you to step in???

925 hot moma August 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Using water to power wash or clean for health and safety reasons are exempt from fines ! Get over it !! Be glad they are cleaning

If you had ever been to that August 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

7-11, you’d be darn glad that they do clean up the front of the store.

They get a lot of construction workers, contractors, guys who’s jobs are pretty dirty in there. That store is really tough to keep clean.

How many would complain to high heaven if the front of he store was sticky will spilled soda, beer, wine and other assorted food stuffs dropped by people hurrying to and fro?

Yes we need to conserve, but are we that desperate that we would walk through a germ pit and swarms of fly’s to get into a store? I don’t think so.

Dorothy August 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Considering it’s a 7/11, who knows what they are washing off.

Always Right August 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Read this article and you will see who the real water wasters are.


The Obama administration is dumping billions of gallons of our fresh water out to sea.

What are they supposed to do August 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

when homeless people are peeing and pooping all over the place? Maybe all you complainers can go clean it up with paper towels.

PhilthyPHRESH August 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Honestly, with the current and rising property taxes on homeowners, and all the other limitations, I think commercial enforcement should step up and start fining these businesses heavily for this stuff. Same goes for property managers.

Fig Newton August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

That’s so stupid,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, That place is filthy ,but who would be so stupid as to waste water on the parking lot? Sweep it,,and call it done,,,,, I never knew any one there was that concerned about cleanliness ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Flush August 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

All fire hydrants accounted for?

No chicken little August 27, 2014 at 5:32 PM

It’s funny how the media and government can get people to rat on other people. In the name of. Self righteousness. Question. How much water does agriculture use in the state of California. How much water is industry using the state of California. How much does the homeowner use in the state of California. What is the savings if homeowners and 7-Eleven used zero water. Water in the state of California is like taxes. The more you save. The more water politicians in Sacramento can give to their cronies that keep them in office. SUCKERS….

JWB August 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

@Always Wrong #26

Really? Since I don’t subscribe to Murdoch garbage I can’t read the full article but on the part I can read it actually says that the release is done to “to benefit fish”

I know that fish as part of the ecosystem, must be a foreign concept to you, because as the resident Claycord Christian Taliban, you must think fish are just those cute little signs you stick on the back of your car ……..

RunnerDope August 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM
RunnerDope August 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

@JWB, You can google the headline of the article and find it for free at several sites. But it’s written by a politician so consider the source.

PM Clayton August 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Really, we send most of our water to LA and you are complaining about someone cleaning the entry to their business. How many of you have a lawn? Do you know how much water it takes to keep it green? All we can hope for is RAIN this year and for people to change their watering habits.

RunnerDope August 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

@PM Clayton,

We don’t send any of our water to LA. The water that is sent south comes from the north and east of us.

Reality Slap August 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

There may very well be a valid reason for having to wash off the front of the store, there is also a reason known as too damn lazy to use a broom. So until we know the exact reason…… As for the poster who claimed we aren’t in a full-blown drought (hello #19) what flippin’ planet are you living on? We are beyond a severe drought and have officially been labeled as an extreme drought in our section of California. Or is it that the only time you’ll get the message is when you go to turn on a tap in your house and nothing comes out?

specksynder August 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Great! Turn in thy neighbor! Report offenders to the STATE!
What a cozy, communist country we’re turning into.

Always Right August 27, 2014 at 8:12 PM

@JWB – sticks and stones ….

Just in case you are interested in learning the truth, here is the entire WSJ article:

Wall Street Journal May 23, 2014 6:52 p.m. ET

One of the worst droughts in California’s history has devastated more than a half-million acres of the most fertile farmland in America. In communities like Sacramento, “water police” go from door to door to enforce conservation measures. There’s even a mobile “app” to report neighbors to city authorities so they can be fined for wasting water.

With the Sierra snowpack at 4% of normal as of May 20, Californians will desperately need what little water remains behind its dams this summer. Authorities have warned some towns like Folsom—home of Folsom Lake—to expect daily rationing of 50 gallons per person, a 60% cut from average household usage.

Yet last month the Bureau of Reclamation drained Folsom and other reservoirs on the American and Stanislaus rivers of more than 70,000 acre feet of water—enough to meet the annual needs of a city of half a million people—for the comfort and convenience of fish.

Government officials who are entrusted with the careful management of our water squandered it in less than three weeks to nudge baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean (to which they swim anyway) and to keep the river at just the right temperature for the fish by flushing the colder water stored in dams.

These water releases are so enormous they are called “pulse flows.” They generate such swift currents that local officials issue safety advisories to exercise extreme caution when on or near the rivers. While some of the water can be recaptured downstream, most is lost to the ocean.

In January pictures of a near-empty Folsom Lake on the American River made national news. Yet on April 21 the Bureau of Reclamation more than tripled water releases from the dams on that river from 500 cubic feet per second to more than 1,500 cubic feet per second for three days—sending more than 7,000 acre feet of water toward the ocean. Elevated releases have continued for “temperature control.” On April 14 a 16-day pulse flow drained nearly 63,000 acre feet of water from dams on the Stanislaus River.

Unrealistic laws like the Endangered Species Act administered by ideologically driven officials have now crossed from good intentions to dangerous policy, and the folly cries out for fundamental reforms.

The House twice has passed such reforms, most recently in February. HR 3964 would pave the way for hundreds of thousands of acre feet of new water storage across California and promote fish hatcheries and predator control as simple and inexpensive alternatives to protect endangered species. Sadly, it remains bottled up in the Senate.

An administration that has never been shy about asserting executive powers has the authority to stop these releases through provisions in the Endangered Species Act that allow a committee of officials to suspend them. It has failed to do so.

While homeowners parch their gardens and clog their showerheads with flow restrictors to save a few extra gallons of water, their government thought nothing of wasting 23 billion gallons to lower river water temperatures by a few degrees.

The frivolous and extravagant water releases from our dams last month mock the sacrifices that our citizens make every day to stretch supplies in this crisis. In turn, they undermine the government’s credibility and moral authority to call for stringent conservation and hardship by the people.

California’s chronic water shortages won’t be solved without additional storage. Despite an abundance of suitable and affordable sites, opposition from environmentalists and the laws they have wrought have delayed these projects indefinitely and made them prohibitively costly.

JWB August 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

@Always Wrong #39

Really? “WSJ article:” you really don’t know the difference between a “Newspaper Article” and an “Opinion”?

This what you call an article is clearly marked as an “opinion” written by Tom McClintock.

BTW did you checked whether you have the permission to repost this opinion? You know it is one of the conditions of the WSJ for accepting opinions that the opinion is exclusive to the WSJ which of course means copying it on a blog is most likely a violation of copyright.


waterBoyeee August 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

who cares. little snitch boy just wants to act like a hero. more like a zero.

i water my lawn, take long showers, ahh and i luv it. u people go ahead and make the sacrifice while i enjoy my H2O.

10 Percenter August 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Last month we saved 10 percent – down to only using 850 gallons a day!

PhilthyPHRESH August 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

We should petition to cut agricultural water waste, that one seems most pointless.

Elwood August 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

It’s well known that agriculture uses 85% of the water in the state.

Most of this is not metered, measured or accounted for in any way.

But you can help by letting your lawn die.

And pigs will fly.

Don't ya know August 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Most likely they have to wash away the unrine smells snd other bodily fluids that tend to end up in front of 7/11’s due to nasty loiterers and homeless tweeks and what not. In that case it is totally OK to wash that hazardous crap away.

Toni August 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM

JWB, seriously? A copyright violation? First, the link you provided says zero about “repost(ing) the opinion.” Further, the article is online, and, as such, can certainly be shared. Moreover, the submission’s source was cited and attributed, so what’s the problem?

BTW, are you stating that the CONTENT of the article is untrue? All you’ve done is attack the messenger, and the purveyor of the article. That is a ploy to distract from the content. Is the WSJ piece true, or not? Has the Endangered Species Act resulted in the squandering of water–or not?

Try arguing the merits of the WSJ piece rather than using an all too transparent and familiar tactic that is used to distract from the truth.

William Shatner trying to pass a huckleberry through his urethra August 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

What the?
Captain to engineering..
Scotty, no documented signs of meaningful life here.

Beam Me Up!

just a concordian August 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Water won’t wash the disgusting crap from that 7-11. That place needs several gallons of UNDILUTED bleach and a massive industrial size powered spinning brush with metal bristles.
Or better yet, blow that place to hell and put up something we can all be proud to go into… a Bullets and Burgers!

JWB August 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

@ Toni you might want to consult a lawyer about what constitutes a copyright violation and what not.

And once again it is not a newspaper article it is an opinion written by Tom McClintock. To your question whether it is true or not? I would assume it is his true opinion do you have any doubts?

Now if you ask whether I share Tom McClintock’s opinion than the anwer would be no.

If would be interested in both sides of the issues you might want to read a little more than simply thinly veiled political advertisments.

Here is a start:


Dr. Jellyfinger® August 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

What’s next….. a photo of me in my G-string washing the Testarossa? (that’s a car for those of you who vote D). Dr Waterwaster… I can hardly wait.

WomanPower August 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger, that might not be a bad idea.

Not August 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

He’s clearly washing the sidewalk, not the parking lot. Water runs downhill, so that’s where it’s going, but that’s not what he’s washing. I used to work in a commercial establishment, and we had to wash the sidewalk more often than you might imagine. It gets filthy from people’s dirty shoes and all the crap they drop/spill in the ground. Leave these people alone.

Shuley August 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Two moronic posts.. First of all:

C-town #19 “We are not in a full blown drought yet people. Move on with your lives.” – Um, yes we most certainly are. The Gov declared a drought State of Emergency 7 months ago. Worst drought in Cali recorded history.. Wake the f%$k up.

Secondly is Always Reich – Like a sucker, you fell for McClintock’s political move. The bill he is trying to promote, HR 3964, is essentially dead. It’s simply a political stunt to try to win votes from farmers in the mostly Republican central valley districts. The CBO found that HR 3964 would actually increase the frequency of water releases and could put salmon stocks in real danger.

You see, McClintock has no problem with destroying the water supply if his fracking buddies want to drill in his district and pollute the water with chemicals. However, now he wants to be some hero – saving the water supply. What a bulls*%ter..

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