Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Those who conserve are punished

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From page A6 | February 28, 2014 |

I was reading in last Sunday’s Sacramento Bee Forum section that under state law, urban water systems must reduce per capita water use by 20 percent by 2020, or potentially lose eligibility for state grants and loans.

A straight 20 percent cut is irrational and makes no sense. Let’s look at the gallons per capita for Folsom: 429 now, which would fall to 343 in 2020. In Davis, we use 202 gallons per capita now and would use 167 in 2020.

With this logic, in 2020, the people in Folsom can water their lawns and take showers while people in Davis have cactus and bathe in Putah Creek. Also, Folsom could use about twice as much water as Davis and still get state aid. Those who conserve the most get the short end of the stick.

Davis has a senator and assemblywoman in Sacramento; I hope they can see that a straight 20 percent cut is irrational and make some adjustments.

John H. Rogers

Davis

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