The real rains finally arrived in Southern California. The experts tell us that it is still not enough. I thought it was enough. In fact you probably said “enough already.” After two weeks days of downpours everything smells damp and moldy.
But the experts tell us that it still not enough rain to fill our reservoirs that hold water for us to drink, use for business and industry and for our huge agricultural industry. I heard one politician talking the other day about the situation and she said that Hoover Dam is still 140 feet below normal levels. That’s a lot of water.
The Hoover Dam feeds the Colorado River, which in turn gives us water to irrigate our Southern California farmland and many cities.
Water also comes from Northern California down a huge aqueduct.
Some cities like Monterey Park have long-term ownership of under-surface water.
But that underground lake or aquifer has to be replenished – either naturally from rain and mountain snow runoff or by buying water from the State.
The other day, I attended a ground-breaking ceremony sponsored by the Upper San Gabriel Water District.
They have launched a program to re-use water for landscape irrigation. Before they use it, the water is processed and cleaned and then piped for another irrigation purposes. Once it is in the ground, the water is naturally filtered and cleaned by mother earth and can be pumped up again for domestic use. At this particular event, the water district was celebrating the completion of a pipeline to irrigate the fields and landscaping of Rice Elementary School and the grounds of the Edison Corporate offices in Rosemead.
They will be saving thousands of gallons of water every day. Saving water will always be important in Southern California. The area is essentially a desert and we must import much of our water to satisfy our thirst and commercial needs.
Moving on, but still speaking of water, I must salute my granddaughter Kaitlyn. She has been a trainer for her high school football team for the past three years.
She is looking forward to next year when she will be a senior. The trainers are the ones that keep the players hydrated during practices and games.
But they are not just “water boys or water girls.”
They also provide a lot of other volunteer services and support for the team. They place wrappings on injured players and ice down bruises and sprains. At the beginning of the season one of the chores is to show new players how to properly put on their pads and fit their helmets. Many of the boys have never had that experience.
Trainers are truly angels during the hot summer practices. They are out on the practice field on 100-degree days helping keep the players hydrated.
Katie, as we call her, is also an athlete so she has an understanding of what it is like to be competing on the playing field. She played many years of AYSO soccer and some high school soccer. She hopes to attend college and become a physical therapist or related field.
Next time you are at a high school or college game, take note of the work by the trainers and others on the field.