A neighbor sent two pictures of the City pumping the Raingardens late last week. What is significant is the condition of the “water” by the time it was pumped – notice the thick, green scum that has been stewing for more than three days or even a week. If it looks bad, imagine how bad it smells.
The City has stated many times the Raingardens will be pumped every three days, which is a key point in their argument for why mosquitos won’t breed. We see a different schedule. Why the delay? Did someone call in sick? Did a truck break down? Did another Raingarden across the city have to be pumped instead? Our safety and health are dependent on a truck showing up every 72 hours. Is this fair? How long does SPU expect us to be dependent on a pump schedule – for another 12-36 months?
And how much is this extra pumping costing the City during a budget shortfall?