The city of Redlands should follow the state of California and eliminate all water-use restrictions.
Increasing the permissible number of watering days from two to three, as the Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department will recommend to the City Council in July, is not enough.
We should be trusted to moderate our own water use, to maintain or alter our landscaping in a way we can be proud of.
We should not feel at risk of punitive action when we water trees, which keep our air cleaner and cooler. Also, the beauty of Redlands' trees is a long tradition and one in which residents take great pride. The city itself is urging residents to water the city owned street trees.
Ratepayers are adults, and most of us can grasp the need conserve water for the sake of the environment. We can see and feel that we are in an ongoing drought, (we would not support going back to fining for brown lawns.)
Higher water rates -- which this editorial board agrees are necessary -- will be enough of a dissuasion.
Chris Diggs, the director of the MUED, announced last week it will direct the $61,000 it was to be fined into both water-conservation education and an incentive program.
Both of these programs will contribute to smarter water use, and by the way, this is the kind of leadership approach we applaud.
Encouraging and supporting conservation instead of mandating it will better serve the relationship between the government and the governed.
Yes, under threat of state authority we can see that restrictions were appropriate when they were issued. But the state stepped off.
Redlands is reputed for its residential layout and the residents have been known for their pride in their homes and the ‘green’ environment.
It’s time for the city to announce we are on our own honor.
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