4 Jan 2010

Elephants on their desks

Jeff Kightlinger of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California asks for a Peripheral Canal:
Metropolitan has reduced by nearly 20 percent the imported supplies it provided to communities and farmers compared to a few years ago. The district has also drawn down about half of its reserves in the process. This pattern is not sustainable; it cannot last indefinitely.

A combination of actions - expanding conservation, increasing local supplies through recycling and desalination and addressing the Delta bottleneck - can put the state and region on a much more reliable path in the years ahead.
But he fails to mention that MET is doing very little to promote conservation. I will not put "sustainable" in the same sentence as Southern California until SoCal stops using 50 percent of its residential water on outdoor irrigation (lawns).

Pat Mulroy of Las Vegas/Southern Nevada Water Authority, as usual, goes even farther with her dreams demands:
As far as the pipeline to bring water from Northern Nevada to Southern Nevada, you tell me what the hydrology in the Snake Valley Basin looks like in 2020 and I’ll tell you if we’re going there. If Southern Nevada has to fend for itself, I think we’ll have no choice but to develop that water supply. We can’t desalt our way out of this problem; the solution has to be larger and more dramatic.

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Regardless, water prices are going to go up gradually in the next 10 years. They have to. I don’t know how you avoid it. Whether it’s desalination or new water treatment technology or increased conservation, you’re going to see prices gradually nudge up.

I think we’ll continue to see more conservation. I think the community would resist stricter rules on turf, but there’s still a lot of unnecessary turf that can be removed and lots of improvements that can be made.
Despite her mention of "prices" and "conservation," she, like Kightlinger, is not REALLY talking about using price to destroy demand. They are talking price recovery. Most of their "conservation" plans consist of meaningless "turn off the water while you brush your teeth" rubbish. They are ignoring the elephant on their desks -- the demand side.

The average Las Vegas water bill is $21.

Bottom Line: Kighlinger and Mulroy are not interested in solutions, just more of the same BS that has put us in this unsustainable place.