Letters to the Editor

Early adopters lose

Recently, the Templeton Community Services District instituted enhanced water restrictions to increase conservation and meet the governor’s mandatory 25 percent statewide reduction.

The district initiated an incentive program, offering rebates up to $600 for users who replaced lawns, retrofitted sprinklers with drip irrigation and planted sustainable landscaping.

When inquiring with the Templeton Community Services District about the district’s new program, I was told that because our lawn, sprinkler and landscaping replacement project was not initiated after Jan. 1, 2015, we would not be eligible for any incentive rebate.

I mentioned the completion of our work preceded this date by about five weeks, and I was told that consideration for the rebate could be given on a case-by-case basis. A later conversation with district general manager Jeff Briltz revealed that our project, because it did not begin after Jan. 1, would not be eligible.

The decision by the district’s board to not consider homeowners on a caseby-case basis who have been proactive early adopters in their efforts to reduce water consumption belies the program’s intent and is illogical, inequitable and poor public policy.

The board needs to reconsider its arbitrary decision.

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