The water buck stops here

07/23/2014 7:07 AM

07/22/2014 9:05 AM

Re "Water law poses problems of turf" (Page A1, July 20): A public telephone line, administered by the governor's office, makes sense for reporting water waste in California. The turf problems identified by The Bee regarding new state regulations criminalizing water law present conditions for lack of water waste enforcement.

Most water users know their purveyor, but traveling persons may notice a violation in another jurisdiction. Also, there may be a potential conflict: if a local public agency responsible for water delivery is also the point of entry for reporting a water waste incident by the same agency.

Where will the buck stop?

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research has the capacity to administer an independent phone line and clearing house of public information on California water waste. All stakeholders could access the clearinghouse. California establishing an independent means of water waste reporting, like a phone line would be a good place for the buck to stop.

-- James Vivas, Orangevale

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