To the registered voters of Riverside

- Announcement -

Oct 28, 2010

My name is Jeff Hall and I`m running for the Riverside Municipal Water Board, Division 2 seat. I`m running on a conservative platform of sensible conservation and solutions. I believe that green jobs today can help us meet our water needs tomorrow.

What are green jobs?

The United Nation`s Environmental Program defines a green job as, "work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. Specifically, but not exclusively, this includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution."

I would like to concentrate on reclaimed water solutions to meet our community`s landscape and park`s high demand for water. Non potable water should be used at our parks, along our freeways, and everywhere we can to keep Riverside green while preserving potable water for the public.

I believe it is important to investigate the possibility of rainwater collection on city property and adding rainwater catchments on city buildings. This solution has been applied in semi-arid regions with little rainfall and we have seen results in real world scenarios. Port Pirie, South Australia, receives about 8-10 inches of rain per year.  Australia is a very hot and dry continent, yet 16% of their citizens use rainwater tanks. Of the 16%; 13% use the rainwater for consumption,  3% use rainwater for irrigation, and 6% use it for bathing. A 1,000 square foot water catchment on a 1,000 square foot roof can collect 600 gallons from a single (1) inch of rainfall. By installing a 2,500 square foot water catchment on several of our city`s buildings, we can collect about 1,500 gallons of water from a single (1) inch of rainfall from each water catchment.

If we consider the construction and maintenance of the filtration and storage plants required for reclaimed water, rainwater tanks and catchments, The water mains (supply lines), and general infrastructure to make reclaimed water use in every park and rainwater use in government buildings a reality, we realize that we can create hundreds of green jobs within our community!

This would be an investment to meet tomorrows water demands. Sensible solutions, green jobs, and working to meet the demands of a growing community. My opponent has discussed the idea of a water desalination plant. The cost of a desalination plant would be a burden to tax payers. The desalination process requires enormous amounts of electricity. There is nothing green or sensible about desalination. Living with constant drought in our region we find water conservation a constant reality. Conservation leads to restrictions and penalties. Families and businesses face hefty water bills that hurt their budgets. We also need to face the reality of our poor water quality which affects us all. According to a report released last year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Riverside has the second worst tap water in the nation. This is nothing to be proud of and the result is additional costs to residents for bottled water for pregnant women, the elderly, and young children. The members of the water board need to remember that they serve the public and they need to meet the water needs of our community.

I plan to focus on recycled water and non potable water to meet the water needs of our landscaping and parks. I believe in looking for new sources of our most precious natural resource which would include rainfall catchments rainwater tanks on city buildings and property. I believe in less restrictions and incentive or rebate programs to reward families and businesses that are conservative in their water consumption. We need to change our tactics on conservation that better serve the public to produce better results.

Many voters have already voted by absentee ballot. I`m appealing to the voter of my district that will be in the booth Tuesday, November second. I`m asking you to look at the facts. We have seen an immense surge in our population in the past 15 years and we struggle to meet the water demands of the population growth. We need sensible solutions for our water needs. I ask that the voters of my district vote for sensible solutions and the candidate that offers these solutions. If you are worried about being singled out or labelled as I have, you need not worry. Your vote is confidential. You have anonymity in the voting booth. You do not need to share your choices on the ballot with anyone. You have the unique opportunity to vote for a National Socialist candidate that offers sensible solutions to our problems with living in a region of constant drought. I ask you to make the right vote; vote Jeff Hall, Riverside Municipal Water Board, Division 2.

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