Ag and commercial water users should reduce use, too

Published: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 - 11:03 am
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 - 5:39 pm

The weather pattern appears to have changed. February was wet and rainfall was average. March is starting out wet. Not exactly drought busting rainfall but we'll take anything we can get. On to the more pressing question.

Residential users of water who use 4 percent of the water in California have been told to reduce their consumption by 20 percent. The other 96 percent of the water is consumed by agriculture and commercial users, but they have not been asked to reduce consumption. Some farms continue the use of gravity irrigation or flooding, not exactly the the most efficient uses of water.

If it's good enough to tell residential users to reduce water use, it's good enough to ask agriculture and commercial users to reduce use.

-- Steve Mawhinney, Roseville

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