New businesses are feeling a pinch as the Imperial Irrigation District deals with a water supply-demand imbalance — namely that there isn’t any water for them.Farmers use 96 percent of IID's water. They are allowed to trade it among themselves, but businesses are fined if they use more than "their share."
While reviewing applications for new businesses, Andy Horne, county deputy CEO for natural resources development, said the county looks closely at whether it can provide enough water before approving new businesses.
But, under the IID’s proposed water regulation guidelines, businesses’ water usage will be determined based on past usage — something new businesses don’t have.
Bottom Line: End the misery. Implement a real market for water at IID.