Fountains running amid persistent drought attract criticism

Fountains running amid persistent drought attract criticism

As San Diego Palm Springs decorative public fountains have been restored in the midst of years-long drought, many people have criticized the decision.

Decorative public fountains in Palm Springs are well-known for their appeal to San Diegans and tourists. But many people believe that public fountains should not have exemption from emergency water regulations.

Keith Robinson, a resident of downtown San Diego, said fountains are beautiful to see but authorities should not forget the fact that the region is in the grip of drought for many years.

Opposing restoration of public fountains, Robinson said, "If we have regulations on homeowners, we should also have regulations on this water running here, you know? It's not a good thing. It's beautiful to see, but we're in a drought - make it into a flower pot, or some kind of false plants or something!"

Similarly, Lakeside resident Terrie Carney said the fountains are beautiful but they should not run amid drought because everybody else is being asked to cut back on water use.

In Palm Springs, the local water agency and city council recently voted to operate fountains like "Rainmaker" at full-speed to attract tourists. Supporters of the decision say that given the amount of money that comes into San Diego because of tourism, authorities ought to keep the tourists happy.

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