We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Although I am not not a believer in global warming as a religion, I do know that for a number of years municipalities have not charged for water based on its true cost. In fact, one of the utility workers said that their citizens' water bill would not cover the cost of chemicals (chlorine and minerals) used by their city water department. So, as the city needs more money, they issue water bonds to subsidize their water costs.
I oftentimes think that I need to reread, carefully this time, the Declaration of Independence and see that cheap water really is an unalienable right. Or, maybe it is in the Biull of Rights, those which are now VOID Where Prohibited by Law.
Most water shortages here in the west can be rather easily taken care of by proper pricing.
steve, not artificial price-setting, but true-pricing.
Water does fall from the sky here. I don't collect it in barrels and purify it myself that much
Assistant Village Idiot
Nor do I. But I do pump it out of my well, as I have done all my adult life, and I drilled the well, and bought the pump, and I don't recall that the government was there to help at all. But undoubtedly they are more informed than I and can set a more realistic price to charge me for the water I pump from beneath my own land.
Unlike Australia, California has this great big thing called "the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range" upon which trillions and trillions of gallons of water (in the form of snow) fall each year. If California has any kind of water problem over the next 10,000 years, it'll be their own doing.