File this under the “Too Stupid to Run a Mile” category. Apparently, all that water-rationing that Smilin’ Tony and the Dominion of Wasted Funds (DWP) forced upon us last year resulted in accelerating the water main breaks throughout the City of Los Angeles, according to a city report. From the Los Angeles Times article:
“Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the council and the DWP agreed last year to restrict the use of sprinklers to 15 minutes a day on Mondays and Thursdays. No watering is allowed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hand-watering — using a hose with a nozzle — is allowed on a daily basis, although not between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.”
The result–little conserved because more water was wasted through pipe failure:
“‘Those water pressure drops on these days were caused by an increased water flow during the watering of lawns,” the report said. “As a result, the cyclic levels of water pressure increased and accelerated the metal fatigue failures of aged and corroded cast-iron pipes.
“The city had 101 breaks during summer 2009, compared to 42 in summer 2008 and 49 in summer 2007, according to the report.”
My lawn and tea tree plants died for naught. Nanny Statism at its finest.