.Letter to the Editor: Water Needs Immediate Fix

Regarding your recent article about our water future (“Great Wet Hope,” GT, 9/15), at a minimum, we should be asking why a program has not been developed that would offer financial incentives to homeowners willing to install grey water catchment or “laundry to landscape” systems to reuse household water. We should also be asking why a program has not been developed that would offer residents inexpensive and space-practical rainwater catchment barrels of 250 gallons or more.

The future of our water supply is perhaps the single most challenging issue that faces our community today. Tomorrow may hold the promise of large-scale wastewater recycling, which would create millions of gallons of new, potable water. But for today, we need to ask the important questions in order to meaningfully push the baseline of water security models past the present limited thinking.

Steve Pleich

Santa Cruz

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