/ California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report #31
- Jun 30, 2010
- Myrtle Creek, Oregon
- Kubota l3130
An acre foot is a lot of water, and irrigators have been pumping "free" water out of the ground without much incentive to adopt more efficient methods. The water table is dropping, and if irrigators don't start conserving they will drain the water table entirely. Some small towns that rely on wells are already scrambling to find water for human consumption.The city could assume that if you aren't paying a water utility, you have a well. So it would be pretty easy to determine who has one to begin with.
Meanwhile, at 2"/week, 2 acre-feet is enough for a huge garden, so non-commercial homeowners will not be affected.