On a night in which San Diego received its first measurable rainfall of the season, a water-scarcity meeting was held at Liberty Station on Wednesday, October 5.
Over glasses of wine and bruschetta with salmon and dill in the San Diego Foundation meeting room, policymakers and citizens pow-wowed over the future of water and scarcity pricing concepts.
According to Surfrider San Diego, which hosted the event along with some other local environmental groups, "In San Diego, our clean water costs about .01 of a cent per gallon. If the average person uses 165 gallons a day, that's $1.65 a day. Many of us spend three times that on our morning Starbucks."
Native Californian David Zetland (author of The End of Abundance) addressed the group and discussed how "simple innovative approaches can close the gap between water supply and demand."
Belinda Smith of Surfrider San Diego reiterated that desalination plants are not needed if localities can get their water needs under control. She also reminded the nearly 80 people in attendance that grass lawns are "a costly treat here in San Diego and not an absolute necessity."