« Support your favorite $4,500 parklets | Main | The End of a Sad Story »

January 29, 2022



Here's one historical snippet from the same Daily Post article that bears remembering:

"Water rights have been transferred only twice before. In 2017, Mountain View sold 1 million gallons per day for $5 million to East Palo Alto, which made sense for both cities. Mountain View was spending money on a fee whether it used the water or not, and East Palo Alto wasn’t allowing new development because of its low allocation.

In 2018, Palo Alto transferred 500,000 gallons for free to East Palo Alto, which had a low allocation because the city wasn’t established when the rights were divvied up."


Geez isn't Palo Alto required by the RHNA numbers to build more housing like the rest of us or have they gotten a "free pass"??

Just don't get it!


Here is an example this week of neighborly water planning for the next Big One:

Millbrae will get its water from a Burlingame reservoir while Millbrae replaces its own aging tanks, an agreement that will allow for uninterrupted water service without cost increases.

The city is replacing two steel reservoirs designed to hold 1 million and 0.5 million gallons located just west of Interstate 280 with a single concrete tank with a 1.5-million-gallon capacity. The tanks were recommended for replacement in 2015 and the city broke ground on construction of the new tank early this year.

Burlingame will charge Millbrae standard wholesale SFPUC rates for the water. The tanks being replaced sit next to a concrete Burlingame-owned tank.

The new tank will be 105 feet in diameter and 38 feet tall. The city estimated the tank would cost $7.1 million to construct and take roughly two months to complete. The city in 2017 approved water rate increases to fund the project along with other upgrades and maintenance to the water system.



Today's Daily Journal states snowpack has been reduced. If we don't get enough rain in the next two months we're back where we started dealing with the drought.


Let’s build more stuff!


From the WSJ:

California’s snowpack has shrunk to about two-thirds of normal, as the state’s relentless drought produced the driest January and February on record and raised the likelihood of more wildfires and deeper water cuts to cities and farms.

A manual survey conducted Tuesday by the state Department of Water Resources showed a snowfield near Lake Tahoe was at 68% of normal. Electronic readings of snow across the Sierra Nevada range, which supplies much of California’s water when it melts, stood at 63% of normal for March 1. With forecasts showing no major storms on the horizon, state officials expressed little hope that March would make up for the deficit by the time the California wet season ends in April.

“It’s safe to say we will end this [water] year dry,” Sean de Guzman, manager of the agency’s snow surveys, said at a briefing after taking the manual measurement Tuesday.

With major reservoirs such as Shasta Lake at 37% of capacity and Lake Oroville at 47%, state and federal officials have instituted cutbacks to users.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

About the Voice

  • The Burlingame Voice is dedicated to informing and empowering the Burlingame community. Our blog is a public forum for the discussion of issues that relate to Burlingame, California. On it you can read and comment on important city issues.

    Note: Opinions posted on the Burlingame Voice Blog are those of the poster and not necessarily the opinion of the editorial board of the Burlingame Voice. See Terms of Use

Contributing to the Voice

  • If you would like more information on the Burlingame Voice, send an email to [email protected] with your request or question. We appreciate your interest.

    Authors may login here.

    For help posting to the Voice, see our tutorial.