Water rationing brings attention to crisis

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12/31/2013 1:45 PM

Re "Drought requires water conservation" (Editorials, Dec. 22): California really is facing a third drought year and an unparalleled water crisis. Water conservation has been standard procedure on farms for decades, so The Bee must be calling for urban water rationing. San Juan Water District and the city of Folsom, which use the same American River water as Sacramento, are already doing water rationing, even if water-wasteful Sacramento isn't. The reality is that without urban water rationing, John and Jane Public simply won't grasp the reality that California is facing a severe drought, one that will leave many farmers lucky to get a 5 percent of their water supply, which leaves an area of farmland larger than Rhode Island fallow, billions of dollars in economic activity lost and thousands unemployed.

-- Lance W. Johnson, Shaver Lake

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