About Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater

Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater is a citizens’ group organized through conversations among neighbors and families concerned with the environmental and property impact of the practice of “dewatering,” during the construction of residential basements. Dewatering involves the pumping out of millions of gallons of groundwater when basements are built in areas with high water tables. This pumped water is then dumped into our storm drains and ends up in the San Francisco Bay.

Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater is requesting that the City of Palo Alto require that developers/owners building basements in areas with high water tables use best construction practices such as limiting the duration and depth of dewatering and/or using “silent piling” and other techniques to minimize the amount of water extracted during this construction. Furthermore, we request that all water extracted be used, for example, for irrigation, for fire hydrants and other non-potable uses and/or recharged back to the aquifer.

Water is too precious a resource to be wasted and current City policies regarding dewatering do not take into account the possible need of this water to mitigate future droughts nor its beneficial effects of supporting our canopy, our properties and our infrastructure. To get involved, please contact us at: info@savepaloaltosgroundwater.org.

2 Responses to About Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater

  1. village fool says:

    Thank you for hat you are trying to do!
    On July 2015 I posted the following on my blog after I read I read Bill Glazier’s post:

    @Bill Glazier – You asked – Why is Ground Water Pumping Still Allowed in Palo Alto? and “Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.” – Lord Hewart

    @Bill Glazier- Back in April you started a thread entitled: Why is Ground Water Pumping Still Allowed in Palo Alto? (Link #1).
    Thank you for asking and bringing this issue to our attention. I think that your question and some of the responses relate nicely to the many ways the word “education” may be viewed, especially given the drought and the Governor’s calls to conserve water, etc.

    Here is one of the definitions of the word “education” (copied from link #2):

    “: the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
    : the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university

    : a field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching”

    I think that Einstein defined education beautifully: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
    Seems to me that Albert ‘s definition went back to basics : “Do as I do.” Albert knew.

    Kids recognize double language very early, and lose trust. I think that the pumping water and letting it go to the bay is a great symbol of the double language, double standards, even if the aquifer is not harmed.

    It takes a village….
    Link #1 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2015/04/09/why-is-ground-water-pumping-still-allowed-in-palo-alto
    Link #2 – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/education

  2. Joyce Ko says:

    I think it is crazy that people are building basement in high water table area. It is even more crazy that these water go directly to storm drain while we are saving every drop of water at home using bucket to reuse water from shower and washing vegetables. Why is this even allowed?

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