In the comments section of the article, the people bash growth, Mexicans, cotton farmers, et al., but nobody proposes an economic solution. Here it is:
- Allocate 100-200 gallons/person/day to everyone. That takes care of human rights, the poor, et al.
- Allocate the rest of the water (50-60%) via auction: Those who want it, pay for it. That takes care of the farmers, biotech, lawns, new growth areas, etc.
- Use auction money to pay costs, and rebate the rest on a per capita basis (more equity).
Simple. Hope it happens soon!