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Water prices are rising quickly due to deepening California drought

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2008

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the winter rainfall, many of the details surrounding how the California water bank will work - including when the transfers would take place, how much buyers may pay for water and which districts are willing to sell - remain unclear. However, most observers agree that water prices are rising quickly. At Thursday's announcement, one official said a rice farmer may be able to sell his water for as much as $200 per acre-foot - up from $50 per acre foot not long ago (1 acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons and enough to cover 1 acre of land in 1 foot of water). Web Link

Can Palo Alto residents afford new large developments?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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California is a desert state. We need to stop this foolish opposition to the construction of dams and other water infrastructure, including recycling and ground water recharge. Just take the top half of winter floods and we'd be scratching in tall cotton.

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Posted by Wasteful PA
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Building dams is obsolete what we need to do is recycle water from our sewage treatment plants. At the moment we only recycle a very small portion of what is ultimately discharged back into the ocean.

How wasteful it is that we water our yards with relatively clean Hetch Hetchy water when we could be using recycled water.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2008 at 6:07 am

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Fresh water stored behind a dam is kept available for use and is a source of energy. Water in the ground requires pumping energy. Recycled water requires pumping, and extensive purification. Desalinizing ocean water is the most energy intensive.

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