Sunday, September 16, 2007
Sleek limos purr at the curb, while the tony set perch and sip exotic cocktails at trendy cafes Alfresco. Farther down the expensive landscape, the lush foliage sways in a balmy breeze on a picturesque walkway along the flats...
Beverly Hills, the land of milk and - uh - money!
Soon, there may be a blight on the horizon, though.
Watershed enforcers brought a lawsuit against the Department of Water Resources to protect delta smelt that get snared in treatment equipment.
In response, the Department of Water & Power has shut down pumps in Northern California that supply the Westside Cities.
Environmental Utilities Manager, Sharon Epstein, forecasts serious fall-out as a result.
A water shortage is the worst-case scenario.
So, her office is issuing dire warnings and advice on how to preserve natural resources.
"It is possible to significantly save on water by foregoing on the purchase of watering systems, irrigation devices, and new arrivals in the appliance department."
Experts recommend low-flow toilets and shower heads, for starters.
So, now the upscale moneyed elite are keeping a watchful eye on a potentially devastating situation.
And what of those well-manicured lawns in 90210?
An army of Immigrant gardeners may be spritzing with imported bottled water in the near future.
The thought reminds me of a scene on a Beverly Hills street a few years ago...
Apparently, as the rumor-mongers have it, Tori Spelling was parked at the side of the road, on a blistering-hot summer day, with hood up and an over-heated BMW engine steamin' away.
Out of frustration, and with no ready options beggin' close-at-hand, she allegedly poured the contents of her expensive designer water flask into the thirsty radiator.
Egads, you say?
Well, water is water, when you come right down to it - especially for the rich with oodles of moolah to burn.