Water conservation should be mandatory

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “State of emergency declared in drought” (Page A1, Jan. 18): Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency regarding the drought, as did the U.S. Department of Agriculture to qualify the state for federal funds and some farmers for low-interest loans. But why is water conservation optional? Many still assume that water will always be there when they turn on their tap, and the governor’s tepid statement does not help that perception. People who depend on well water have already been conserving, but those on public water may need to be encouraged a bit more forcefully. And where in this article is the comparison of water usage for golf courses to that of agriculture? I love an expanse of green grass, too, but I would prefer to see brown grass this summer in exchange for having fresh fruit available for my family. Conservation by all is necessary. -- Ellen Van Dyke, Rescue

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