Water Watch

Jul 21, 2014 7:26 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Video of leaky spinklers gets leaked, City of Pismo Beach explains

People on the Central Coast are being urged to save water during this drought, but are local cities following their own rules?

"We love being here. It's a beautiful place to live and work," said Tim Begovich, the owner of Seaside Café and Bakery in Shell Beach.

There is a median that sits in the middle of Shell Beach Road across the street from Begovich's restaurant and the US Post Office. The center median has some plants and flowers in it and a water sprinkler system with four sprinklers.

Begovich said he enjoys the landscape, which is powered by sun and water, but he did not love the video KSBY showed him on Monday morning. The video shows the sprinklers running early Monday morning, and large puddles forming around the median.

"I'm very disappointed. We all are trying to do our best to make sure that water is being conserved, and for that to happen and leak all over the place and do all that, it's not right," said Begovich.

KSBY showed the video to Pismo Beach city officials as well. Ben Fine, the city's Director of Public Works said, "I had been unaware that the problem has occurred. We'll definitely go out and adjust the sprinklers."

Fine said the sprinklers in this median come on in the middle of the night and run for five minutes. He said workers had already been out twice on Monday to check if there is a leak. Fine said he believed there was a low spot in the asphalt that collected more water than normal, an explanation for the puddle.

"The city is saving water. We're doing everything we can, and it's great that someone brought this to our attention," said Fine.

Begovich is happy the city is taking proactive steps to fix what may be wrong.

He said, "I believe we're all in this together and we should all try to conserve and do the best that we can. And, we should all take accountability for everything that happens."

The City of Pismo Beach has released a guide to mandatory water conservation for its residents. One of the restrictions is: no using water which results in excessive gutter runoff. The city said if you notice any wasteful water use either by a neighbor or the city itself to give them a call.

The city said if a resident violates the mandatory water rules, they can get fined up to $500, or get their water shut off.

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