The Times is to be commended on its comprehensive feature: "How Cities Are Saving Water" (Times, July 7). One is prompted to speculate on the real reason behind the water hysteria. Is it a bureaucratic plan to divert public attention from years of mismanagement and inadequate planning? Or is it just another scheme to increase rates?
California is a huge state, and even in the worst of years a lot of water is produced. Urbanites use about 10% of the state's water, agriculture 85%.
Homeowners pay top dollar for the water they use. The city of Covina charges its customers $585 per acre foot. Further, it is considering a plan that would impose penalties of up to 300% on those customers that use more than the approved amount.
By contrast, some rice growers pay as little as $10 an acre foot for water that costs the taxpayer $90 to produce.