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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Insurance company offers 10 tips for saving water at home

Does your faucet drip?  It could cost you!
Does your faucet drip? It could cost you!
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— LETTERS TO THE EDITOR / OPINION / OUR READERS WRITE

• Insurance company offers 10 tips for saving water at home

Last week, Gov. Brown announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history. This week, State Farm announced California is No. 1 in water damage claims in the nation, according to the insurance company’s internal claims data. Water losses damage your home and deplete the state’s water reserves. Many Californians may have home water leaks and not even know about them. Of the claims reported, 10,445 were for plumbing and toilet leaks. Here’s how to know yours is not losing water unexpectedly every day:

1) Bills: Compare them as they can signal (if they are going up) that you may have a leak problem.

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2) Sink: Check under it for leaks from water supply lines or drainpipes. These may be hard to spot.

3) Refrigerator: If yours has an icemaker, make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line.

4) Dishwasher: Check for leaks where the hose connects to the water supply.

5) Washing machine: Check and replace hoses regularly.

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6) Toilets: Clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects. Some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to leaks.

7) Garden hose: Check its status.

8) Air Conditioner: Every spring, have the A/C system serviced. Make sure contractors inspect and clean the condensation pan drain line. Change air filters regularly.

9) Sewer/Drain: Much water is wasted due to sewer/drain back-ups in the home. Check their status.

10) Trees: Tree roots can cause problems, so pick new trees (and their location) wisely. Jordi Ortega, State Farm Media Relations

• La Jolla Light POLL OF THE WEEK:

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• Bird Rocker seeks bracelet owner — I found a bracelet on Chelsea Avenue in Bird Rock on Sunday (April 12, 2015) afternoon and I’m hoping that with the help of La Jolla Light readers it might get back to its rightful owner. It’s definitely the kind of bracelet you don’t want to lose. If you can describe it accurately, I’d be happy to return it to you. Please contact me via e-mail, care of La Jolla Light at editor@lajollalight.com — Local resident

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• La Plaza sidewalk tile deemed safe by city — I’d like to share with you a response from La Plaza La Jolla to a recent letter submitted to the La Jolla Light, “Sidewalk may be a slip/fall hazard.” We take these concerns very seriously. The tile in question was included in the plans that were reviewed and approved by the City of San Diego, and meets the standards required for use in the pubic right-of-way. In fact, when independently tested, the tile far exceeded the friction standards for flat walking surfaces by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Please know that the shiny appearance of the stone is not an indicator of its slippery-ness; rather it’s the stone’s natural sheen resulting from the honing process. — Alex Zalicki, on behalf of La Plaza La Jolla

• Marine mammals belong on La Jolla’s beaches — Regarding the letter, “Time to relocate the sea lions” as a reader wrote in La Jolla Light, what a statement, really. The marine mammals have been at the seashore long before there was a La Jolla. Without wanting to offend anyone, understand that this battle has been going on for too long! Relocation is absurd. Many residents of La Jolla — like me — have lived here all our lives and now the newcomers wish to dictate terms? Please, anybody who dislikes other Earthlings and has a problem with the harbor seals and sea lions that have a right to be here (as it is their habitat not ours) may just relocate, seeking another habitat themselves. Peace! — Isabella Miram

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• WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? Letters to the Editor for publication in La Jolla Light and lajollalight.com should be 250 words or less, and sent by e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com and must include the full name of the sender, city of residence and phone number for verification. NOTE: Letter content does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the La Jolla Light.

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• GUEST COMMENTARY: My Life in Plastic Bags

By Arthur Wenner, La Jolla Octogenarian

For the first 30 years of my life, I was unaware of the world of thin gauge, see-through plastic. Food leftovers were wrapped in wax paper, or what was then referred to generically as Saran Wrap, and placed in the refrigerator. My sport coats, blazers and suits were stored in the plastic garment bags provided with the purchase.

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Times have changed.

These days, those leftovers worth saving are placed in a clear plastic pouch one can readily seal. Breakfast dry cereals sold in their own waxed bags and then packaged in retail boxes are now pervading our pantry in gigantic plastic bags that “zip” closed. Should we place these cereals that are already covered with two containers in still another one? Just for insurance?

And how about being offered a bag at the market to carry out items like chips, that are already in a bag. Luggage stored in the attic or garage is in a plastic refuse bag.

Clothes reclaimed from the cleaners remain in their clear plastic bags until those articles of clothing are used and sent once again to the cleaners. Merchandise from markets, pharmacies and most other retail outlets is sent home in small plastic bags; we use bags of that type to dispose of kitchen garbage before taking it to the garbage can outside, which is lined with a plastic black refuse bag, or to a recycle container.

For major kitchen waste, there is the opaque plastic bag in the compactor.

While preparing for a short trip, my wife reminded me to place my toiletries into a plastic bag before placing them into my Dopp kit. Even better, she explained, would be to place one bag inside another. We even have a plastic bag in one kitchen drawer to hold all the other ones!

It just occurred to me that my ashes will some day be placed in an urn; but just prior to that, guess where they will be placed? You guessed correctly … they’ll be in a plastic bag.


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