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5/1/2014 11:09:00 AM
Letter: We need to be aware of water realities


Tom O'Halleran's article about future water demands ("Water Demands: Demystifying the numbers," Verde Valley Newspapers, April 25, 2014) attempts to drive home the magnitude of the looming water shortage that we face by 2050 ... 45,300 acre feet or 14,761,050,300 gallons a year, just 36 short years in the future.

That is almost 15 billion gallons of water per year.

Numbers of this magnitude are indeed difficult to comprehend, but people must become aware of the reality of this threat. It is imperative that as a society we reconsider how we value and use water soon, if we are to meet this challenge.

Chris Jensen


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: @ Barnaby Wild

A better idea might be for Chris and Tom to take their case to the State Land Commission and municipalities like Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

Water and sewer in the Verde Valley is already extremely high. Average income is below the state average. Across the board fundraising isn't the answer to anything except "How do we increase the gap between rich and poor and make sure the poor never climb into the shrinking middle class?"

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

As long as we have golf courses and land development, don't tell me there's a water shortage. Why is it always the "little people" that need to conserve? The "little people" such as myself, only use what we need. I will not be using less water because I need what I use. Tell corporate America to conserve.

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: Barnaby Wild

Chris, you and Tom are speaking the truth...and the silence is deafening. My guess is that most folks who live here now don't plan on living here in 2050. Most would rather not sacrifice today for a sustainable water future.

That being said, we could just raise the price of water (tax), to discourage its overuse. The money could be used to build a solar powered desalination plant and pipeline.

Some would argue that such a tax would stiffle growth...but that is O.K. because apparently, growth is no longer an option.

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