'Finally Price their water properly????'
Im writing in response to today's follow-up comment in the White Paper Birch string, which states:
" When Front Range communities finally price their water properly, irrigation water in residential yards will be cut back and trees such as paper birch and other high-water trees will start to die."
I politely beg to differ with this opinion. I'd like to learn exactly what is meant by "Finally price their water Properly". It's implied that a "Proper" price would be higher. My water price here in Fort Collins is high enough already, thank you. I don't need it to be higher. (luckily I've only used the sprinklers once so far this year)
Once I exceed the measly 13,000 gallon cheap allotment, Fort Collins charges me 2.60$/gallon for my water. That comes out to be 847 $ per Acre-Foot. The going price to lease irrigation water on the front range over the last few years has been anywhere from 30 to 80$/acre foot. So I'm paying 10 to 20 times more for my sprinkler water than what the water itself is actually worth. Granted, the City has a considerable investment and overhead in the infrastructure, and cost of treating and distributing our city water. I'm perfectly happy to pay a fair price for that. Also, the city may choose to invest in buying additional water rights, to better prepare for possible future drought, and handle future city growth. I'm happy to pay for that.
However, I'm not happy that the city thinks my water payment should subsidize the water bills for my less horticulturally inclined fellow city residents who choose to fill their yard with tons of rock, or those who favor Zero-Scape landscaping, or those who choose to live on postage stamp sized lots. Why should I pay a higher rate for my water than they do? FAIR would be the same price per gallon for everyone.
I would be even less happy if someone with a political agenda drives our city government to over charge for everyone's water, in a mis-guided attempt to force us all to submit to their own personal opinion of how we should all be planting our yards.
Sorry, I don't want to turn my lovely yard into a Moon-scape, just to give away the water to my farmer friend near Greeley, so he can plant another 1/8 acre of water guzzling field corn. If he wants to plant more corn, he can jolly well pay for the water at a FAIR price.
Please forgive me, if I sound a little hot under the collar, and for being a little off topic with this post. This is a sore point for me, and I just can't let that comment go, without offering a response.