ViewPoints by David Shuey: Conservation, good H2O habits essential in drought

March 12, 2015 - Essential Water

Wanted, any and all sleet dancers!

Yes, as we pierce into Mar we all need to hope, urge and act out any other personal superstitions we have to get us some much-needed sleet and sleet or we will all be confronting some-more H2O rationing and charge efforts this summer and beyond.

Currently, we are being asked to preserve 15 percent. Regardless of a drought, it is critical that as a race swells we all start practicing ongoing good H2O habits.

The Contra Costa Water District has all sorts of profitable and engaging articles and information per short- and long- tenure H2O conservation.

They can assistance we with H2O charge tips, a home H2O use consult to establish where we can save, a H2O saver newsletter to keep we suggested of conditions and serve ways to help, and many importantly, rebates for conservation, including adult to $1,000 to modify your grass to a water-wise landscaping.

For information, go to

Speaking of conservation, let’s usually contend that a recycling rates continue to disappoint, and that Clayton, as a city, unequivocally needs to step adult a efforts.

Fifty percent is a goal, and we had usually 45 percent, with residents during 48 percent and blurb recycling during 27 percent.

On a some-more certain scale, plain rubbish headed to a landfill for ordering was down 4 tons for residential, in comparison to Jan 2014, and down 11.3 tons for blurb waste.

As a reminder, your brownish-red recycling can should be bigger than your blue rubbish can.

If not, call Allied Waste and they will switch we for a right size.

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    Congratulations to Clayton’s good city staff as a formula are in countywide on a cement condition index (PCI) for cities. This is like a Oscars for upkeep geeks and Clayton had a “very good” rating among a best in a county.

    With some-more than 94 line miles, we had 0 of a streets rated as bad or failed, and 71 percent rated glorious or really good.

    When this rating came out, we had other cities ask us with enviousness how we did it.

    Judicious and correct use of a highway supports keeps us forward of a curve, so good job, guys!

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    Another good note is a home prices. Jan home sales in Clayton had a median cost of $728,500, 19 percent aloft than Jan 2014.

    Days on a marketplace before a home sole were during 38, again down significantly from 92 days in Jan 2014.

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    And finally, a endangered citizen sent me an email recently as to because Clayton does not have a list drop-off box locally for absentee ballots.

    Within 24 hours, a moment staff organised for a third building of City Hall to now be an central “CoCo Vote-N-Go” list drop-off box location.

    Drop-off times are during unchanging City Hall business hours, and Clayton City Hall is now listed on a city website and a county Elections Office website as an certified location.

    The secure, red steel drop-off box is in place and accessible a initial absentee voter ballot.

    In a future, list boxes will be forsaken off a week after residents are mailed their vote-by-mail ballot.

    The highly-prized “I Voted” stickers are accessible as good to those who drop- off their ballot.

    Remember, if we do not know of a problem or a suggestion, we can't repair or make it happen.

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    In closing, we schooled a good kitchen tip from a master chef, “Avoid rupturing yourself when rupturing vegetables by removing someone else to reason a vegetables while we chop.”

    I am removing flattering good in a kitchen with this tutelage.

    Shuey is a mayor of Clayton. Contact him during

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