Re "Long ago, a call to install water meters" (Dan Morain, Feb. 2): As a Carmichael resident with a meter, I am of the opinion that water meters do not avert droughts. We did such an excellent job with our conservation that the reward was higher rates to cover the water district's cost.
How long do you think it would take before the entire state would be held hostage to astronomical water costs if districts did what Carmichael did.
The beautification of my area has failed. There are thrift stores, nursing and assisted cares, dilapidated buildings and vacant offices. No drought resistant landscaping here.
Conservation is a mind-set and appreciating resources comes from the adages of our parents: waste not, want not. There is no meter, smart or otherwise that can take the place of common sense. I wouldn't be wasting water, meter or not.
-- Bernadette Johnston, Carmichael