Drought-Stricken LA Residents Fight Against Giant Waterslide Event
One of the amazing things about our Care2 community is that we like to make a difference. Thousands of our members have made real change in their communities by simply starting a petition, which is exactly what Los Angeles resident Karina Soto did.
Los Angeles County is home to more than 9 million people and Karina is one of more than three million of those with a Los Angeles City zip code. The bulk of the city’s water infrastructure dates back to the 1920s. The stress on the nearly century old pipes was highlighted by the recent water main break on Sunset Boulevard where more than 20 million gallons of water flooded parts of UCLA. It is water that we couldn’t afford to lose. Like the rest of California, LA is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in its history.
The lost water from the water main could have supplied enough water for 400 families for a year.
As a result, Los Angeles is under severe water restrictions. This includes no lawn watering or washing of cars with a running hose and the levying of fines for violations. Residents are constantly reminded that we are living in a desert and water is a finite resource.
So what better way to celebrate than with a 1,000 foot waterslide in the middle of Los Angeles!
Earlier this month, Slide the City announced that it would be bringing its traveling waterslide to Los Angeles. The company sets up the vinyl slide in cities across the nation for people to enjoy some water fun. For a fee, people can enjoy food, music and the fun of going down a 1,000 foot slide filled with water. The event for Los Angeles is scheduled for September 27.
Care2 member and fellow Los Angeles resident, Karina Soto, points out that now would not be a good time for such an event. She notes that it is “extremely irresponsible” to hold such an event when the city is taking every measure to reduce water use. The organizers say they will use between 15,000-20,000 gallons of water, in addition to encouraging people to bring water balloons and squirters. 20,000 gallons of water is the equivalent of the daily water use of 162 Los Angeles residents.
Karina started a petition to encourage city officials to cancel the event.
Karina says she was motivated by her love of California. She posted on her Facebook page, “I love California, and I refuse to see our precious resources be wasted on such a careless thing.” So far, nearly 9,000 people have signed her petition, agreeing that this isn’t the best use of the city’s resources. She is also writing to elected officials.
Already, she’s making a difference.
The city council has yet to approve the permit, but some officials are already speaking out against the event. Michelle Vargas, spokeswoman for the DWP, told the Los Angeles Times that the event “is not consistent with the water conservation lifestyle in Los Angeles.”
Due to the uproar, the event organizers have not yet sold tickets to the event as it waits for approval. They have also tried to explain that they use recycled water throughout the day and plan to dispose of it in a responsible manner. Still, they are aware of the backlash, even though they find it surprising. The have not announced any plans to cancel the event as of now.
Will you join Karina and thousands of others to help stop the wasting of precious water? Please sign her petition here.
Just ask Karina.
Photo: Slide the City