Water conservation: Is there a need to conserve? Who benefits?
Last updated 6/12/2008 at Noon
Water agencies have been beating the drum lately, urging all water users to reduce water consumption in light of the water shortage we are experiencing. Recently, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) has ordered agriculture users that have signed onto the Interim Agriculture Water Program (IAWP) to reduce their water use by 30% relative to their 2006/2007 use, effective 1 January 2008. Noncompliance will result in considerable cost penalties --- on the order of tripling the cost of water that exceeds their allocation.
MET recently considered imposing water rationing...