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"I was concerned because I'm saving water by the half-cupful in my kitchen so I can have as much water as I can for my garden," said neighbor Sue Kemp. "It was bugging me to see all that water going down into the storm sewer." Palo Alto neighbors of Google's Larry Page are disturbed by the amount of groundwater being pumped away from the site of the 9,000-square-foot house he's having built. Apparently the excavation for the 3,488-square-foot basement has flooded- a not uncommon occurrence- and Page's contractors are routing the water into the town's drainage system. The water's not safe for drinking. Other neighbors are concerned about diverting water in the shallow aquifer from the trees faster than Google diverts revenue from Microsoft. Note to neighbor: drill a shallow well, throw away that measuring cup, and let the buckets fly. [Mercury News, Photo Credit: Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News]