Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 | So the answer by city management to the question why public sprinklers were left on during recent downpours is, in essence, that someone else is in charge? This doesn’t bode well for plans to increase outsourcing if that means city management then passes the buck when the job isn’t being done well.

The statement that it was a city contractor’s responsibility may indeed by the truth, but what does that say about who is responsible for contractors’ performance? Why wasn’t someone responsible for the city ensuring that contractors are saving water?

Is it, or isn’t it, in city contracts that when someone else is hired to run the watering system that they are required to minimize the amount of water used? Ideally, you’d set up incentives to reduce water usage.

Finally, if the city isn’t up to doing this on their own lands, why should San Diegans do so on theirs?

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