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- City of Durango Utility Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
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- Florida Water Conservancy District
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- San Juan Water Conservancy District
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- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride
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With all the attention focused on California's water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State's drought is the exception. It isn't. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency.
April 18, 2015--Dry wells plague California as drought has water tables plunging (Bloomberg Business)
Near California’s Success Lake, more than 1,000 water wells have failed. Farmers are spending $750,000 to drill 1,800 feet down to keep fields from going fallow. Makeshift showers have sprouted near the church parking lot.
April 16, 2015--California's drought grabs headlines, but other states face water woes too (Huff Post)
With all the attention focused on California’s water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State’s drought is the exception. It isn’t. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency.
Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators.
In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in public places. Golf courses and cemeteries will turn on the sprinklers less frequently, and water rates might rise.
It's arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly does not have enough to match people's expectations. And one reason is simple. Government historically has over-promised — not exactly a new concept. In the last century, the state has handed out rights to five times more surface water than our rivers produce even in a normal year.
Many California residents are trying to conserve water, but it may do little good in the face of population growth. "California water agencies are on track to satisfy a state mandate to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020.
California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new state-wide tax on all users? The idea is straight out of Economics 101: If you want people to do less of something, raise the price.
California Governor Jerry Brown has been talking tough about California's growing drought crisis. In January he declared a state of emergency saying, "I'm calling on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible," and just last week he announced that we are "in a new era" of drought severity.
Water conservation must have been the topic of conversation in California last week, as that state’s governor mandated a 25 percent reduction in water usage by municipalities and water districts, effective right now. That was after snowpack surveyors, used to standing amid 5 or 6 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevadas, this year walked across grassy slopes. California is in a jam.