The State of California and the City of Los Angeles are under water restrictions, but the Veterans Affairs (VA) West Los Angeles Medical Center was recently caught wasting water.
After the VA got busted by a CBS Los Angeles camera crew, Lina Satele of the VA Public Affairs Office stated, “Can you shut that off? Or I’m going to have to confiscate, I’m going to have to confiscate your cameras" (video below).
CBS Los Angeles reporter David Goldstein assured Satele that she wasn't going to take their cameras.
The station's hidden cameras had earlier captured water sprinklers on VA property spraying water for more than two hours, even though the kind of sprinklers used by the VA are only allowed to water the grass for eight minutes under Los Angeles' water conservation plan.
The VA was also caught using the sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, another violation.
VA grounds supervisor Willy Dye told CBS Los Angeles that the VA had cut back on its water use (from six to two hours).
Moments later, Satele tried to stop CBS Los Angeles from continuing the interview with Dye.
Satele was then asked if the VA was complying with local rules, but she refused to answer.
Later, Satele emailed CBS Los Angeles and claimed the VA recommends complying with local water rules and the state's requirements.
Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist for NASA and a professor at UC Irvine, told the Los Angeles Times in May that California's reservoirs have only about a one-year supply of water left.
Famiglietti added that the reservoirs are only a portion of the Golden State's water supply as there are decades of groundwater still to be used.