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Public urged to step up water conservation

Original post made on Jan 31, 2014

As state, regional and local water agencies step up efforts to encourage water conservation in the wake of the governor's declaration of a drought-related state of emergency, local homeowners might consider heading for the hardware store.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8:57 AM

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:18 pm

There should be no rationing whatsoever, in the same way that we do not need rationing for bread, gasoline, milk, hamburgers, or automobiles.

Instead, the price should be raised by however much is necessary to balance supply and demand.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Mr. Davis --- so what happens to people who can't afford the free market price of water during a drought?

Humans need water to live. Simple biological fact.

Posted by Joseph E. Davis, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Humans also need food to eat, but we don't ration that. Please ponder why that is. There is absolutely no reason to treat water any differently.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Actually there is a reason to treat water differently -- the human body can't go without it for more than a few days. Going without food is possible for a somewhat longer period, but going without either will kill you. When only the rich can afford water and food, the U.S. will be in deep trouble. These are both basic physical needs of the human body.

Or, is rationing water your way of getting rid of undesirables?

I think the idea behind water rationing goes beyond household use. Rationing would consider hospital use, industrial use, agricultural use, etc. All of these users have water needs that keep us and our economy going -- so sharing the burden of rationing is party of everyone's responsibility.

Furthermore, routine spouting the Libertarian party line on every issue actually sounds as silly as spouting the Communist party line.

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