Water conservation: urban versus rural

Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Re "$500-a-day water-waste fine OK'd" (Page A1, July 16): I suspect I am not the only Californian who bridles against the imbalance in water use and misuse between urban dwellers and agriculture. How does watering one's lawn two days a week really compare to the water savings that could be realized if more sustainable, long-term goals were sought in agriculture?

Yes, I'll shorten my showers to five minutes when farmers quit planting rice, tree crops and vineyards opportunistically, with no thought but what will bring the most profit. Free enterprise says we can't tell the farmers what to grow and what not to grow, and the state is belatedly trying to get control of groundwater and ancient water deals. However, it doesn't surprise me one bit that we urbanites are not doing our part.

Agriculture needs to do more for California.

-- Catherine C. Moyer, Sacramento

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