Palo Alto construction crews pumping, dumping thousands of gallons of water during drought

“Thousands of gallons of water are going down the drain in Palo Alto, and the city has no way to stop it,” writes Devin Fehely at CBS SF Bay Area. “The water is pumped from the ground, typically in order to build a basement, but in a time of severe drought, some neighbors call it just plain wasteful.”

“…The city’s public works department estimates that contractors at just one site could pump as much as 50,000-gallons of water out of the ground a day,” continues Fehely. “Some of the water is collected, stored, and later used to water landscaping, but most of it just goes down the storm drain…”

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