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"Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting." Isn't that the old western way? If our city is really serious about conserving water, I have a solution: No new water hookups. This would hold our population steady, keep traffic from getting worse, cut the carbon footprint, and keep our sky clear. Of course it would have a negative effect on housing prices. Then fewer people could afford to live here and move away cutting water demand.

Maybe we should first look at a law similar to California's Proposition 13 for property taxes, but applying to water rates. Roll back a person's water rate to what it was when they bought their house, maybe capped at 30 to 40 years. Let new users pay at a rate proportionate to providing the "new" water and the infrastructure to deliver it.

New developments would provide half their water needs from renewable sources - rain, reclaimed and/or gray water systems. Maybe the developers could only buy the water rights (meter capacity) that was present on the property before it was sold.

Food for thought.

JOHN M. LOVELY

Flagstaff

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