Zetland went on to say that water managers are “creating” the next shortage.My (not obvious at first reading) point is that people will not conserve when they are told to. Instead of trying something different (raising prices, e.g., 40% higher increasing block rates, which is not what I said but not too bad), DWR and "the engineers" will just impose rationing, which is costly to businesses and farms that prefer to pay more over getting cut off.
"What are water managers doing? They’re telling people that they’d better use less -- or face rationing," he said. "So, business as usual. Too bad, because that won’t work… It is the engineers and the DWR that screwed up."
“I wish we were that clever,” Martin said.
The quotation from Martin (DWR's drought person) is pretty
Bottom Line: Raise urban prices; allow Statewide trading.