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Letter to the Editor

Choices on water may be costly

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 10/3/12

Is more conservation the answer to our water shortage problem? That depends. Those who think voluntary reduction will work, like those who feel voluntary reduction of gasoline consumption will work, probably slept through basic econ and psychology. Sure, some high minded folks will go the extra mile to conserve, but likely not most people. What's convenient, easy and personally satisfying is what drives most.

Obviously, when gas is $7 a gallon, people will carpool, avoid unnecessary trips and take public transportation when possible. When water rates quadruple, showers will be shorter, lawns watered less often and water saving devices installed.

Our choices seem to be stop all development, build new dams, desalinate or make water very expensive.

Meade Fischer, Watsonville

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