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Eye on the Ball

They don't appear to believe that they have the same responsibility to conserve water as we do.

Mar 22, 2018

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) pays a lot of attention to how much water we the people use, but not very much attention to how they manage our precious water resources.  Once again there is a lot of talk about water conservation in our homes and our lawns.  

While 70% of the planet is covered by water, only a couple of percent of it is fresh,  It's not easy to find enough fresh water, so when you get your hands on it you need to treat it with respect.  That's why a lot of us advocate for more storage, so when we get it we can keep it for our use.  

It's baffling to us that the SWRCB doesn't think any of the storage proposals seeking Prop 1 funds is deemed a public benefit.  They don't appear to believe that they have the same responsibility to conserve water as we do.  

While they allow tens of millions of acre-feet of water to flow through the Delta and to the sea, they don't think building facilities that would allow us to capture about 3-million acre feet when it's there for the taking are worthwhile.   

Instead the Sacramento Bee in the article below says the Board "would set overall targets for indoor and outdoor water use; for indoor use, the number would be 55 gallons a day per person, ping to 50 gallons by 2030."  

We should all be careful to not waste water, but when it comes to the real water problem in this state the Board needs to keep its eye on the ball.


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