... of the idea that water conservation technology (e.g., drip irrigation) will reduce overall water use. Read all about it in "Water conservation in irrigation can increase water use" (via RH).
The folks at the Pacific Institute should read this paper. Then they should re-read this post and this post. Then they should sit down and rethink the whole "technology -- regardless of cost or flows -- will fix the water shortages" leitmotif.
Bottom Line: Farmer want to make money. If they save water in one place, they will use it in another -- as long as they still make money. If you want them to use less water make it more expensive (price) or worth more elsewhere (markets). Got that? Thanks.