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Who are these permit holders? Are they businesses? Farmers? Counties? Cities? They mention homeowner and farmers but don't say who actually has the permits.
That's a great idea. Tax anything and things always improve! (sarcasm)
So start pumping lost water, that is water that has already drained off the land and is flowing down a river, and use that for irrigation. In the cities, pump water from the river directly to municipal water purification plants and stop drawing from the aquifer. Or just pump it to the large users- irrigation and golf courses and replenish the aquifer naturally. In farmland, identifying the worst 5% of the land on each section and turning that back into a wetland would also help immensely. Of course, less corn and soybeans and more pasture would help a lot also. Bill G.
Incomprehensible? how do home owners fit into this equation--does the typical well owner use > I,000,000 gallons?
So now the residential water bill is a new source of revenue for the state. The article says "double for top users" and then proceeds to increase costs to individual users. How many industrial and agricultural users really try to conserve water when the costs are so abysmally low? In many countries, the water systems have been privatized to benefit the owners. Water at reasonable rates should be a right, not a source of revenue.
"The proposal, which needs legislative approval, would raise the cost for 1 million gallons of water from an average of about $7.50 to $15." ARE YOU KIDDING ME! That's all they pay for a million gallons of water? If true, we are getting ripped off royally. Crank that number up by at least a factor of 10.
I don't see how an increasing bill of $1/year is going to modify anyone's consumption behavior in any meaningful way. I'd like to see a tiered system so that everyone has affordable drinking water, but if you want a lawn that looks like a golf course, you'll pay for it. On top of that, Saint Paul now has high-tech meters which record daily usage data and can even detect ongoing leaks, but all we get on our quarterly bills is usage in units of 100 cubic feet, or around 750 gallons. Give people better information and they might manager their use better. "11 units" means nothing to anyone. "You used 118 gallons per day this month, up from 100 gallons per day last month, and you have a leak which started on March 4th" would be great info to have on a bill, or better yet, on a website.
Let's starting taxing the air for heavy breathers, too. What next? Sunlight? Moonlight? Starlight?
Increasing population will eventually strain all resources. Maybe this is the tip of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to water.
That is .0015th of a PENNY, which is only $0.000015 compared to a home owner paying $0.50 to $1. Yes, they don't have to have the water treated, but their run off sure needs to be. The fat cat luxury these businesses have is status quo for now, but folks are starting to see the problems with it really fast.
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