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For as long as anybody in the village of Avalon can remember, coping with a meager water supply has been an inescapable downside of life on Santa Catalina Island. Mayor Bud Smith figures the toughest years were the 1920s, when fresh water was shipped in 22 miles from the mainland by barge, and then dispensed to the populace from a horse-drawn wagon that rolled along Avalon's main street. "We'd all take our buckets down and fill up," recalled Smith, a retired pilot who was born on the island.
August 26, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
The city could experience water shortages while it undertakes repairs on major a water main, officials said. About two months ago, the city had to seal off a 24-inch main that brings water into Huntington Beach from the San Joaquin Reservoir near Newport Beach. The pipeline carries about 5% of Huntington Beach's overall water supply, said Jeff Renna, water operations manager for the city. The main had to be sealed off because of work on the Santa Ana River bed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
June 21, 1990
The city's Water District Board of Directors has asked consumers to voluntarily limit their water use because of the drought. The suggestions include: * Plants should be watered only between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. and no more than every other day. * Property owners should install water-saving shower heads. * Dishwashers and washing machines should be turned on for full loads only.
March 14, 1990
A local developer has abandoned plans to open a downtown jazz club because of the city's building moratorium. The freeze on all new construction was imposed in January by a City Council concerned about potential water shortages this summer. The jazz club would have occupied a former bank building, but the moratorium also prohibits any renovation that would increase water use by 25%. "The City Council imposed a broad, sweeping law, and we just got caught up in it," developer Ray Campbell said.
May 13, 1990 | NEIL D. BERLANT is managing partner of Water Research Associates, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides financing and research for water-related commercial projects. The Times asked his views on California's water shortages
The reason we now have to grapple with water shortages--rainfall aside--is because we've taken away the incentives to find alternatives. Desalination is a viable alternative. It works. It isn't a gee-whiz technology. We can desalinate (ocean) salt water and are doing so routinely. The problem is that we're only using desalination as a last resort; and that's because other supplies of water are substantially less expensive.
October 19, 1988
The greenhouse effect of global warming poses grave environmental dangers to California, including permanent water shortages, scientists warned a congressional hearing in San Francisco. Too much carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere would mean dirtier air, less fresh water, changes in fish and wildlife, and greater use of pesticides and herbicides.
December 29, 1989
In an effort to promote water conservation during a dry winter season, city officials are organizing a public forum. The seminar, starting at noon Jan. 13 in City Hall, will feature speakers on local water issues, proper irrigation methods, drought-tolerant landscaping and environmental issues that are related to water shortages. San Clemente officials recently have considered a water-rationing ordinance that would restrict development in the event of a critical shortage.
October 15, 1987
The Southern California Water Committee, a nonprofit organization formed by many cities and counties across the Southland to promote solutions to the state's water problems, has invited a number of state officials to its annual meeting today as a first step in a hoped-for statewide water campaign. The committee, based in Irvine and chaired by Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Los Angeles.
December 21, 1990
In the wake of dire predictions about water shortages, the City Council has increased water rates and is urging citizens and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. The cost of water in excess of 200 cubic feet per month will increase 9%. City Manager Lee Risner said the situation is becoming serious. "We need a 10% reduction in overall water consumption," he said.
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