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RE: Pool Construction vs Emergency Regulations

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:14:08 -0700


We understand your concern in allowing pools to be constructed and then filled during a time when we need to conserve our water resources. The City of Menlo Park’s Municipal Water District supplies water to residents and businesses located east of El Camino Real and the Sharon Heights area. If you reside in the area between El Camino Real and Sharon Heights, then you receive water from the California Water Service. You may wish to contact them directly with your concern at 650-561-9709 or www.calwater.com<http://www.calwater.com/>. Here is a map on the City’s website that clearly identifies the water district boundaries: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/viewer?mid=zVsOqhaqB9Vg.kapZhWp2e-KE.

If you are a Menlo Park Municipal Water District customer, on November 18, 2014, there will be a City Council public hearing to adopt an amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan. If adopted, and the City Council approves implementing Stage 2 of the amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan, there will not be a restriction to construct new pools or fill them. You can view the amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan at http://www.menlopark.org/150/Urban-Water-Management-Plan.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)rion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: Thomas McDonough [mailto:tmmcdonough_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:24 PM
Cc: editor_at_(domainremoved)s.com
Subject: Pool Construction vs Emergency Regulations

Dear Mayor Mueller -

I am following up our phone conversation from last week regarding the construction of pools during the worst drought in California history.

Recently I became aware of proposed construction of two pools in Central Menlo, one of which is at a my neighbor’s. I want to be clear: I have absolutely no axe to grind with my neighbor building a pool. On the other hand I am at odds with pools being permitted construction during a drought, as Rule 14.1 of the Water Conservation and Rationing Plan emergency regulations specifically prohibits the use of water in filling those pools.

Additionally, it’s my understanding from Staff that once constructed, said pools will deteriorate if not filled with water. So essentially the City is tacitly encouraging the construction of an expensive property feature which is actually illegal to maintain, and nearly guaranteed to fail.

That the City is permitting the construction of pools during emergency drought conditions sends a confusing message to the public. I doubt the pool permit fees generated are so great that their revenue loss would be missed.

I appreciate your time and consideration in looking into this matter, and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Tom McDonough
Received on Thu Oct 30 2014 - 14:09:12 PDT

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