Don't build new homes in Folsom

02/24/2014 9:02 AM

02/24/2014 11:29 AM

Re "Where is water for new homes?" (Page A1, Feb. 23): Folsom's conserve and hope approach to provide water for all the projected new homes south of Interstate 50 is appalling.

Due to the drought, we are being asked to voluntarily conserve 20 percent of our water usage. I have replaced fixtures, stopped watering my front and back yards, reduced laundry loads and dishwasher loads, and shortened the length of showers.

So are we expected to further reduce our water use another 20 percent so new homes can be constructed? I can't think what else to do.

Unless these new homes are constructed without front yards, or the developers provide incentives for removing existing lawns, Folsom's plan for new development will be a disaster for the environment. Couldn't we instead focus our efforts on refurbishing the existing homes in Folsom and Sacramento County?

-- Beth Kelly, Folsom

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