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September 30, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Water shortage a national problem

The Jan. 26 letter, “Water plan isn’t a permanent fix,” is spot on.

What seems to be lacking in too many of these water-shortage missives is a broader scope.

Somehow we continue to pigeonhole ourselves into arguments about local pipelines and desalination plants as our possible salvation from an eventual water crisis. Certainly we all want more water and we want it now, but so do others. Let’s talk about water and job creation!

What we need is a national multi-decade water infrastructure program. The letter writer hinted at this by suggesting we might divert Colombia River water into the Colorado. That’s a start.

We can transport vehicles, electricity, oil and natural gas just about anywhere in the country, but not water. It’s time for a national water infrastructure program funded by a national water tax.

We cannot control the weather, but we can control some of what the weather brings us. If you don’t like the idea of a water infrastructure tax, just think about how much you won’t like living without water.

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