As I watch my lawn fade to brown and read the local news, the thought occurs to me that we will never catch up to the water requirements at the rate we are going. El Nino next year or not, there is just too much development pressure and not enough activity on the reservoir or desalinization front. It doesn't appear that there is any reservoir capacity in the works and desal is limited to a couple spot in SoCal.
Consider this. The Post article titled 'Arrivederci' to Pete's Harbor lists the size of that long-running project that is about to be approved as 402 condos within 10 buildings plus 308 condos in a large building wrapped around the garage. That is 710 condos where a 320 seat restaurant used to be.
Or consider what our neighbors to the north are thinking of as reported by the DJ
The draft environmental impact report and Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan will come before the Millbrae officials Tuesday, June 30, during a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission.
The massive undertaking aims to add roughly 400,000 square feet of office space, about 79,000 square feet of retail space and more than 800 residential units split between two projects located on an 116-acre site next to the transit station off Millbrae Avenue.
Once you realize these two are just a drop in the development bucket, we could have 3 or 4 consecutive El Ninos and it probably wouldn't catch up. The questions remain, "Is there a will on the part of B'game to be different? And who will show the courage to hold the line?" The alternative is more late, insufficient scrambling for the infrastructure to keep up while the well runs dry.
June 29th update: The Post delivers a front page headline and article to buttress the point of view.
Buried deep in the article is the fact that "as of April, the city had about 2.725 new housing units somewhere in the pipeline...". Kiss your lawn goodbye.