I grew up in San Luis Obispo, did all of my schooling (including Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, but have lived in Templeton the past 17 years. Therefore, my letter is decidedly not one of location envy.
Seriously, though. Why in the world is the news of San Luis Obispo’s mandatory outdoor watering restrictions so unbelievably profound as to be front and center in the news today?
Water restrictions? Folks in HOT North County, with its daily (and I’m being kind) 90-degree-plus summer days, know what it means to be impacted by outdoor watering restrictions.
With San Luis Obispo’s mild climate, my guess is not too many people will find themselves needing to use leftover pet water, dirty dish and shower water, fouled birdbath water, etc., as a means of irrigating whatever heat-stressed landscaping is still alive.
So my thoughts about the San Luis Obispo water restrictions? Water reserves or not, it’s ridiculous that it took San Luis Obispo officials this long to implement measures (as we head into fall, no less) that have been part of summertime life in pretty much every other San Luis Obispo County community.
But, to those San Luis Obispo residents who haven’t needed a mandate to make water wise decisions kudos to you!