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A Thirsty California Puts a Premium on Excess Water Use
New York Times ^ | MAY 8, 2014 | FELICITY BARRINGER

Posted on 05/08/2014 4:45:17 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The municipal water utility in this city, home to wide beaches, sun-kissed weekend getaways and evocative alternative scholarship, just got tough. Last week it started rationing water — for nonfarmers, the most draconian response to date to California’s debilitating drought.

The message to customers: Use more than your allotment, and it will cost you. A lot. Water bills below the allocation run $40 or so. Go above it, and fines pegged to the amount of excess water used will quickly double, triple or quadruple that bill.

“We live in a state where water supplies that are there 100 percent of the time, with 100 percent of reliability, don’t exist,” said Toby Goddard, the administrative services manager for the Santa Cruz Water Department. “It would be shortsighted of a utility to sell all it has to you now and not have anything for you a year out.”

Santa Cruz, whose fresh water supplies come from the shrinking San Lorenzo River and a small reservoir, has gone further than other strapped utilities in embracing the idea of rationing, with fines for those who exceed their allotted shares. But other utilities around the state now have a tiered pricing system. Basic water use comes cheap. Consumption that is compatible with modest landscaping comes at a slightly higher cost. Excessive use comes at premium prices.

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1 posted on 05/08/2014 4:45:17 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

“We live in a state where...

...government excesses, idiocy, and incompetence are a matter of civic pride.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 4:47:52 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

We live in a state where.......this is what they did to our electric bill. They tiered it. Top rate is high.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 4:52:45 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Second Amendment First
It's a freaking desert. It was a desert 400 years ago when the Spanish priests were trying to convert the natives, and it's still a desert today.

/johnny

4 posted on 05/08/2014 4:54:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Second Amendment First

What should we do with our tax money?

Build infrastructure or buy the votes of the free sh•t army?


5 posted on 05/08/2014 4:55:14 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Second Amendment First

Cool... Glad I don’t live there. I use 30,000 gallons a week on my lawn. (which most of it goes into the water table) at a cost of $40 a year.


6 posted on 05/08/2014 4:55:29 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: Second Amendment First

Barbara Streisand was paying about $22,000,00 a year for water at her house, a few years ago, I wonder how much it costs today?


7 posted on 05/08/2014 4:57:35 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Second Amendment First

What happens in CA when a homeowner puts in a well?


8 posted on 05/08/2014 5:13:05 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: martin_fierro

Water Crazed Ping

Soquel Creek has now instituted mandatory prison sentences for WaterCrime

Just kidding, but it’s close...


9 posted on 05/08/2014 5:14:42 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Hmmm... 5 billion on a high speed train to nowhere or 5 billion on a couple of desalinization plants with some infrastructure?


10 posted on 05/08/2014 5:18:00 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: JRandomFreeper

Right you are. They need a few “Pineapple expresses” or food prices are going to go way up.


11 posted on 05/08/2014 5:19:51 PM PDT by Bogie
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The train to nowhere lined the pockets of politicians and their cronies. The Sacramento Liberal cesspool.


12 posted on 05/08/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The loons don’t want Desal.

Might bring Evil Employed People onto the coast and muscle out the Surf Nazi/Beach Bolshevik leisure class.

And God Forbid we build a few reservoirs. Might kill a few trees, and destroy squirrel habitat.

Onoes OMG


13 posted on 05/08/2014 5:49:16 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: C210N

I live in rural Caliornia in the high foothills of the Sierra Nevada mtns
which is the source of much of the state’s water. Many residents
are on well water and the well depths are all over the map. As
everywhere people settle their water issue prior to building their
homes. Post home construction well drilling is only when well
needs to be deeper or there is an intention to expand agriculture.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 5:54:39 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Santa Cruz is not a desert. It used to be redwood forest and
still has forested slopes on the western side of the coast range. but the water supply is not unlimited.

a neutron-belching “nucular powered” desalinization plant would be a swell addition to the Twin Lakes Lagoon area.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 7:27:34 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: C210N

“What happens in CA when a homeowner puts in a well?”

I didn’t know, so I just looked and in all counties, you can drill a well, but there are issues where it is in the proximity to a septic tank. One of my neighbors has a well, that’s been there for 50 years or more. BTW we live in Contra Costa County which is east of San Francisco about 25miles.


16 posted on 05/08/2014 7:56:04 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Jack Hammer

“We live in a state where...

...where we haven’t built any new water infrastructure in 60 years even though the population doubled. We had NO way to predict these water shortages.”


17 posted on 05/08/2014 10:06:44 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Second Amendment First

“We live in state where we refuse to build more reservoirs AND flush huge amounts of water away for a trash fish”.....


18 posted on 05/08/2014 10:17:18 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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To: C210N

Probably a SWAT team shows up.


19 posted on 05/08/2014 10:18:13 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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To: JRandomFreeper

” It was a desert 400 years ago when the Spanish priests were trying to convert the natives”

They worked hard and now we have mexicans!!


20 posted on 05/08/2014 10:27:17 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: ansel12

I don’t know but what used to cost $40 a month now costs a little over $60. They said it was the rise in their electric costs to get the water to us.


21 posted on 05/09/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT by sheana
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