No water shortage in Sacramento?

02/28/2014 12:02 PM

02/24/2014 12:01 PM

Re "City saves water, finally" (Foon Rhee, Feb. 23): Water use is not waste. Washing dishes, clothes, showering, toilets, lawns are normal activities, not waste.

In times of drought they may need curtailment due to a supply shortage, but Sacramento has two rivers, and should not normally require living like being in a desert, just so those who do can have more water from us.

Simple direct use of water meters and tiered water rates are not fair ways to identify or curtail water waste, as they are based only on amount, not considering actual individual living needs, apartment or house, family size and lot size.

Required percent cutbacks harm those who already conserve, but are easy for gross users. With tiered rates the rich can afford to waste, while the rest may suffer. For fairness, allocation amounts must be included in these based on individual living needs.

-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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