We are all being told by the City's Save Water Ad Campaign to save water and that "every drop" is precious; but just how precious is it and what does saving water really cost US? See if you can make sense of these calculations (rounded off a bit), using todays price of water in $an Diego:

$3.50 buys 748.00 gallons of water

$1.00 buys 213.71 gallons of water

213.71 gal. X 8 Pints/Gal = 1709.68 Pints

1709.68 Pints ÷ 1.75 Pints/Liter = 976.96 Liters

976.96 Liters X 1000 mL/Liter = 976,960 mL

976,960 mL X 20 Drops/mL = 19,539,200 Drops !

So 1 US Dollar buys about 19,539,200 Drops of Water!

Said another way:

$1.00 buys over 19 ½ Million drops of Water!

If our Mayor and City Council really thinks it is "Wise to Save Water"; then they better get real busy, saving every Dollar they can, because that task is almost 20 Million times MORE important for $an Diego!

My math is now corrected: Reply to #24

Thank you Altius for correcting my math!

I'm wrong by a factor of 1000 -- Ouch!

20 Billion ÷ 1000 = 20 Million

So the corrected statement should be : If our Mayor and City Council really thinks it is "Wise to Save Water"; then they better get real busy, saving every Dollar they can, because that task is almost 20 Million times MORE important for $an Diego!

More like this:


nan shartel July 17, 2010 @ 1:22 p.m.

hi Founder

it's my understanding that in general the more water i save for the city the more i'll have to pay and it won't water any of the central valley to boot

pulling up 20 year old almond tree...for shame...

all the hands out peeps will be there to scam the money from SD anyway accord to Mr Bauder


a2zresource July 17, 2010 @ 5:10 p.m.

Pretty soon, somebody who already has too much money to know what to do with will buy a gently-used freighter and start desalinating just over three miles off-shore, then bring a boat-load of that tasty aqua back into the harbor on a regular basis and make a killing selling it to people trying to get around the three-day-a-week lawn-watering restrictions...


Founder July 17, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

The 2 reasons we are now be forced to save water is so that: 1. The City can charge more for it (because it is valuable, right?) 2. To not limit future Density increases = more users!

I'd be happy to "further" limit my water only if:

  1. There was a Density/Building moritorium (no new users)...
  2. Everyone got the same amount, no matter where you live.
  3. Inside or outside use, it should not matter...
  4. Every penny saved or profit must be spent on new storage.

Founder July 17, 2010 @ 6:06 p.m.

2 I'm with you, a cruising desalinating plant that off loaded clean water to tankers for delivery, would be a thirsty city's wet dream! Anybody know if the Navy has any old nuclear Aircraft carriers that could be converted to be used as giant desalinating plants and best of all they would require no fuel oil because they could generate plenty of heat all by themselves!

Go Navy!


Founder July 17, 2010 @ 6:20 p.m.

Nan You are #1 with me!

Big Don know$...BE$T

I think any water saved will be "sucked up" (no pun intended) by new DEN$ITY!

Even if our City said no new construction (a pipe dream) they would still (no puns intended) claim not enough water to go around (AT THIS PRICE)...

Like OIL, as the price of water goes up, folks will import or use the nearby Ocean to provide clean water to all those willing to pay!

Maybe soon the City will privatize our Water Co. and then we'll all Blog about BIG Water, just like we do about the other Big's (SDG&E, Oil, Health, Ins, etc)...

How about this jingle: "There's Nothing Fishy About Pacific Pura"!



Founder July 17, 2010 @ 6:57 p.m.

6 Thanks

How about this one, just for you: =^..^=

When ever I see one of these "Icons" I copy it and paste it in my address book on a Contact named Icon...


MsGrant July 17, 2010 @ 7:25 p.m.

Nothin' better than a pretty pussy.


nan shartel July 17, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.

oh Founder...dem lil fishes is uber kule......i'd seen kitty before but not the sealife...u clever clever fellow!!!

California tried to dig a water pipeline to Oregon's Columbia River back when and got their wrist slapped

and then they go and overbuild all that high rising in San Diego...for the sake of water use it's a good thing they are 1/2 empty


nan shartel July 17, 2010 @ 7:33 p.m.

and BIG Don makes my lower lip quiver...aaaaaahhhhhheeemmmmm


nan shartel July 17, 2010 @ 7:35 p.m.

er...um...Grantie did i hear u talkin' about pretty pussies...


MsGrant July 18, 2010 @ 7:06 a.m.

I couldn't help myself, nan!! Our water bills are horrendous. And it seems the more I conserve, the higher it gets. My backyard is dying a slow death, and when I get my bill I have a difficult time trying to calculate how they determine the cost. There is no flat fee then, correct?


Founder July 18, 2010 @ 7:18 a.m.

9 I also thought it was cool and that's why I "collected it" from HuffingtonPost I think. Maybe we could start using it for 'Something fishy"!

If you think that is a hot idea ( ♨ ) let me know!


Founder July 18, 2010 @ 7:50 a.m.

10 ...Don B(for Best)auder ....He doesn't make any of my lip's quiver, in my case, many of my facial muscles contract in such a way that it makes me smile!

...Poem titled "Bye Bye UT, $mile SD"...

UT to the Reader is great for me! When he said Good bye to the UT The Reader was very savvy you see

Without his writing on UT's "wall" They tried hard but they were doomed to fall.

Now as we all know, Reader's the place to Go in San Diego.

Best to Big Don B.


Founder July 18, 2010 @ 7:59 a.m.

12 To Bill or Not to Bill

That is not the question in San Diego...

Paying more for Less is becoming the way of life here as we become like another one of the Hawaiian Islands. SD is a great place to visit if you are a rich tourist but it's VERY expensive to live here unless you are Rich...

...and without water (and low cost electricity & others), like your backyard we the once proud "middle Class" are all dying a slow financial "Death"...


nan shartel July 18, 2010 @ 8:42 a.m.

yes..yes..on the fish...for something fishy...good on ya Founder


nan shartel July 18, 2010 @ 9 a.m.

and kudos on he BIG BAD DON prose 2

OK honey pop

u must do ur best to synchonize these words for Don

Big Don Big Don

Every morning in the office, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6, weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big Don.

Big Don Big Don Big Bad Don Big Don

everybody knew where Don called home He just drifted round the town he was never alone. He didn't say much, kind of quiet and shy And if you spoke at all, you'd just said hi to Big Don. Somebody said he came from New Orleans, Where he got into a fight over a Cajun Queen. And a crash and a blow from a huge right hand, sent a Lousiana fella to the promise land.

Big Don Big Don Big bad Don Big Don

Then came the day at the beginning of a scam, when the government cracked and men started crying. journalist were praying, and hearts beat fast and everybody thought they had breathed thier last cept' Don.

Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell, walked a giant of a man that the journalist knew well. Grabbed the scammers by the throat they gave out with a groan, and like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, Big Don

Big Don Big Don Big Bad Don Big Don

And with all of his strength, he gave a mighty shove. Then a journalist yelled out, 'theres a light up above!'. And 20 men scrambled from a 'would be' grave now theres only one left down there to save, Big Don. With keyboard and pencils, they started back down, then came that rumble way down in the mound. And as smoke and gas smelched out of that place, everybody knew it was the beginning of hell, for Big Don.

Big Don Big Don Big Bad Don Big Don

Now they never re-opend that wortheless pit, they just placed a marble stand in front of it. These few words are written on that stand, 'At the bottom of this scam, lies one Hell of a man, Big Don'

Big Don Big Don Big Bad Don Big Don.

this is my try founder..u make it better willya


Founder July 19, 2010 @ 9:36 a.m.

Regarding #17 Lisping For ☮

Oh, No! Nan, Nan, Nan, Nan I don't think I can... I must confess yours is the best Said another way, you've won the Day. Maybe San Diego's BEST guy, Don Bauder will take you to lunch and buy you clam chowder!


nan shartel July 20, 2010 @ 12:41 p.m.

he better not!!!

i hate that briny stuff!!!

but i could just sit and look at him...maybe....

thx Founder

and never again speak of clams

or flounder

not even on Friday

would that be OK

Monday or Wedsnesday

u can be sure

a Ham and Cheese sandwich

would have much allure

i will praise u tho

louder and louder

cause u found a rhyme

for our hero Bauder

i'd have never have thunk

of fishy clam chowder


nan shartel July 20, 2010 @ 12:42 p.m.

i wonder if Bauder like Seuss as much as he like POOH


Founder July 20, 2010 @ 1:07 p.m.

Asked of you, "what is the use" if he Pooh, Poohs, Doctor Seuss.

Before when you gave him your Best, did he ask you to be his guest?

Where has all of my time gone, my next job is to mow my lawn?

I'm into turf and keeping things green even if I do use a loud machine!

So Nan, it's off I go Your Fan, yes I said so!


nan shartel July 20, 2010 @ 1:24 p.m.




Founder July 20, 2010 @ 6:16 p.m.

Lawn is Done Gone the Sun From the Park and the Hills Now the chills of the water bills! Spend some green to water between times the city chooses it seems much like a rip. Time for a sip and ponder the day and what bills to pay!


Altius Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:42 p.m.

Uh... Founder... 19,539,200 is a little over 19.5 MILLION, not billion


Founder Aug. 4, 2010 @ 10:08 a.m.

Reply to #25 - Goofy Math --

That math goof made me look more like a big flat Flounder which is poetically pathetic, for the Founder

Drip Drop

I cannot seem to just stop glad I'm not a water cop

but it is a sure bet that I like to get wet

so save water, I will to drink it with my pill

I think of it, as just one drop of dew and to all of you, I bid you, Adieu.


David Dodd Aug. 4, 2010 @ 10:28 a.m.

$1.00 buys 213.71 gallons of water

It's amazing that I never thought of it that way before. We just pay our waterbill without giving the value much thought; although we are pretty careful with our water here, we never really put any sort of a value on it like that. Of course, in Mexico it's liters, but still, same principle.


Founder Aug. 4, 2010 @ 11:03 a.m.

Reply to #24 Sorry, I thought I posted this yesterday...)

Thank you Altius for correcting my math!

I'm wrong by a factor of 1000 -- Ouch!

20 Billion ÷ 1000 = 20 Million

So the corrected statement should be : If our Mayor and City Council really thinks it is "Wise to Save Water"; then they better get real busy, saving every Dollar they can, because that task is almost 20 Million times MORE important for $an Diego!


Founder Aug. 4, 2010 @ 11:07 a.m.

Reply to #27 RFG $1.00 buys about 976.96 Liters or rounded off is just about 1,000 liters!

I guess that is why Big Companies love to sell liter bottles of water, because the bottle and the shipping cost just a bit and all the rest is PURE profit...



David Dodd Aug. 4, 2010 @ 11:28 a.m.

Agree about the profit, Founder. By the way, here in Mexico, we don't drink tap water at all, nor cook with it. Big trucks roam neighborhoods selling drinking/cooking water in the old glass 5 gallon bottles (or else there are stores where you can fill bottles). Each bottle costs less that $ 1.50 each. We run through about 3 of those bottles in about 1 1/2 weeks.


Founder Aug. 5, 2010 @ 6:51 p.m.

30 & #31

I'll drink to that!

H2 Ho Ho Ho


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