ELK GROVE - Elk Grove Florin is a busy road, and one of the people who drives the route to work every day said she had had enough of watching water wasted, so she gathered her evidence and called the News10 Water Busters hotline.
News10 reporter Gabriel Roxas went to the large apartment complex known as The Crossings at Elk Grove in question. There was standing water on the grounds, but that's nothing compared to what the photos sent in by the tipster showed.
"I see the sprinklers on and that runoff almost daily," said the woman, who only wanted to be identified as Dana, who shot the photos,.
Dana said watching the runoff pour over the sidewalk and into the street made her so angry, she wanted to expose the waste.
"We all need to save the water. It's important. You see that on the news, Folsom Lake going down, everything's going down, and you see all the dead grass and all the dead trees. You see it everywhere. We have to pitch in," she said.
News10 showed the pictures to the property manager who said she was surprised to see the runoff and said she would contact the landscapers. A little later, News10 received a written statement from a spokesperson that read in part:
I would like to express that we are very much water conscious and aware of the seriousness of the drought. We have taken significant measures to reduce water usage overall, including irrigation water. The wet sidewalk you see in the photo is a result of the way the sprinkler and landscape system was designed.
"You cannot give the excuse that that's the way that it's ... the runoff. That's not ... no. You water less. You know, figure it out. Everybody else has had to," Dana said when she heard the response.
The statement went on to say:
We will be meeting with our landscape service to determine alternatives to the current design that would reduce or eliminate the water that is seen on the sidewalk.
"I'll believe it when I see it," Dana said.
She added she'll be watching for improvements by the apartment complex, and if she doesn't see them, she promises News10 Water Busters will hear from her again.