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A Matter Of Opinion

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Today's editorial lays out one of the reasons I came to Spokane from the "steam-bath South." The weather here has lived up to my idyllic expectations until the last crispy week or so.

Water conservation is inarguably something that would benefit us all. Any ideas on how we can do it better?

UPDATE: I'd like to piggyback on this post with more info: This article by James Hagengruber gives a good overview of the challenge.

1. We have one of the highest per-household uses of water in the nation.

2. It's a two-state issue, and Washington state is downstream, as it were. Current state law in Idaho allows anyone to tap the aquifer for up to 13,000 gallons a day. A typical home uses 360 gallons. This law needs updating, because it came at a time when ranches and farms dominated what is now an urban landscape.

-- gary crooks

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