[Ed. – So you’ve heard the VA spent beaucoup bucks on solar panels at five of its facilities — and then tore the ones in Little Rock, AR out before they were ever used — while managing to put vets on hold indefinitely at their suicide hotline, and keep them on waiting lists for years for routine procedures. But now you know…the rest of the story.]
While all Californians are under mandatory water restrictions, CBS2 News cameras went undercover and found some federal facilities may be wasting water for hours at a time.
And government workers weren’t happy when Investigative Reporter David Goldstein tried to getanswers.
“Can you shut that off? Or I’m going to have to confiscate your cameras,” Lina Satele of the VA Public Affairs Office told Goldstein and a CBS2 cameraman.
“No, you won’t,” Goldstein replied.
Satele claimed that since the investigative team was on federal property she could take the cameras.
Hidden cameras outside the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center caught workers setting up nearly a dozen water sprinklers – connected to the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s fresh water supply. …
The watering went on for more than two hours, with the valves being shut off at 10:44 a.m.
After they turned off the water, the lawn was so muddy with pooled up water that Goldstein had to put his boots on to walk across it – and this startling water waste is happening in the middle of California’s worst drought.