LOS GATOS AND THE WATER CRISIS

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker BRE #01883674

We are all aware that Los Gatos, as well as most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large portion of California, is experiencing seriousdrought conditions.  Last week I was walking on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and I couldn't resist the irony of the picture below.

While we had substantial rain in the beginning of December, it amounted to the proverbial drop in a bucket.  The link below was provided by the California Association of Realtors last March, but we obviously still need this awareness, and we still need to conserve.  We are encouraged to share this link as there is pertinent information for all homeowners in California regarding new retrofit requirements that will need to be addressed by January 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I would be happy to address your questions.

 

http://www.car.org/aboutus/onecoolthing/water/

Comments (18)

Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Jayne, its really scary to read about the reservoirs being so low and water shortage, we have been a drought many years now but luckily the few inches of rain keep us in stage three. Great photo....

Jan 20, 2015 08:23 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Thanks, Bob!  My understanding is that we are currently getting our water from underground, and that is being depleted too   We are all praying for rain!

Jan 20, 2015 09:19 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

That is sad irony, Jayne.  I know it sounds silly, but I wish that we could ship some of our water from North Florida to you.  We have more than we need; we think nothing of leaving the faucets on, and of using excessive amounts of water for whatever reason.  My heart goes out to the people of California, I pray that a normal rain season will return to your State. 

Jan 21, 2015 12:07 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Jayne ... I have been hanging around the Bay Area now for several years working on construction projects. The big rain helped, but many parts of Cali could use more water ... "Great photo for your post" 

Jan 22, 2015 05:11 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Fred, thanks for your concern.  I have often said the same thing, "I wish the areas being in undated with rain could ship some here!"

Robert, the North Bay is in better shape than the East and South Bay.  If there's rain in the forecast the North Bay usually gets it, but it doesn't make it down here. 

Jan 22, 2015 06:58 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Jayne, great photo to illustrate just how much things have changed.  Thank you for following my blog.  So glad you found me and that in turn had me check out your page. What treat indeed. 

Like Fred Griffin we have plenty of water here in Missouri.  However, we do occasionally have shortages in certain areas during the summer months.  It is so difficult to imagine how it would be to deal with shortages year round.

Jan 24, 2015 07:41 PM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Anna, when I lived in NY they would instill water restrictions when we didn't get rain for a few weeks!  Here they didn't start talking about it until we were two years in!  Thanks for the nice comment!

Jan 25, 2015 01:53 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jayne. My brother lives in that part of the state and always talks about the drought conditions. That sign is hysterical.

Make it a great week!

Jan 25, 2015 11:48 PM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Joe Petrowsky, meanwhile, it looks like you guys are in for quite a blizzard!  Stay home and keep safe!

Jan 26, 2015 08:24 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How ironic Jayne, I am positive we will see more rain in the near future...Endre

Jan 28, 2015 11:03 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

I hope you're right, Endre.  I think you're due to get some, but every time we're supposed to, it blows away!

Jan 28, 2015 11:35 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Jayne, your photo shows the big story - wow.  To be that dry.  I hope you got some of the crazy wet weather we had this last week.  

Feb 01, 2015 12:09 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Juli,  we've gotten not one single drop since the beginning of December.  This January turned out to be the driest January on record!  My cousin posted a great idea on FB...forget an oil pipeline, instead put in a pipeline from the northeast to the west to send over excess snow!

Feb 01, 2015 07:44 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

The water issue is just plain scary.  I went to a regional update last week, and they told us that the Sun Corridor population, from Phoenix to Nogales, was expected to go from 6 million now to 12 million by 2050.  Where is all the water going to come from??

Feb 01, 2015 11:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jayne Esposito 

Yep that is pretty ironic,and scary. I think things are worse in Northern CA than they are down here. But you have also had more rain this fall and winter I think. Hope it keeps getting better

Jeff

Feb 05, 2015 09:55 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

Cara, yes, scary indeed.  Although I did recently see scientists are developing a lazer to probe clouds into releasing rain...maybe that's where the water will come from

Jeff, thankfully we will be getting some much needed major rain this weekend.  Then it will be headed your way!!

Feb 05, 2015 12:00 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jayne, the more people, the more demand on the water.  One day, it will be one of the highest priced commodities and saving and preserving will become more and more important in water management.

Feb 07, 2015 11:44 PM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA
SRES, GREEN

You're so right Silvia!  Thankfully we got a good dose of rain this weekend and I saw something I haven't seen in a couple of years...one of the holding ponds had water in it! 

Feb 08, 2015 01:34 AM