It's time to rethink our water projects

12/31/2013 1:10 PM

12/31/2013 11:41 AM

Re "Low storage brings water ration orders" (Page A1, Dec. 29): The current drought should make us rethink how to spend our water project dollars. Higher dams and water tunnels might have merit when we have an abundance of water. However, this year if Shasta Dam was twice as high, it wouldn't provide any additional storage. Instead,we should spend money on conservation, which would pay dividends regardless of weather conditions. We should fix our public water system leaks (nationwide, the average loss is about 16 percent), and we should provide incentives for farmers to switch to more drought-tolerant crops before we entertain other projects.

-- Ed Reeder, Granite Bay

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