Drip irrigation would reduce farm water use

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re “Why Brown skipped 2 issues” (Capitol & California, Jan. 24): Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address discussed the negative impact of climate change on California, but failed to mention technology that would mitigate some of the harmful consequences of climate change and the drought. For example, if farmers in the Central Valley used drip irrigation, they could reduce their water usage by 90 percent. They currently have no incentive to use this technology as the water they use is practically free. California should raise water rates but use some of the projected surplus to help farmers purchase this equipment. Agriculture is a vital part of the Golden State's economy, and it is equally important that the elected officials invest so that California’s economy remains strong. -- Philip Mayer, Jewett City, Conn.

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