‘In blow to water conservation, court rejects San Juan Capistrano’s tiered rates…’

The law of supply and demand crashes directly into bureaucratic inertia…

But the 4th District Court of Appeal  struck down San Juan Capistrano’s fee plan, saying it violated voter-approved Proposition 218, which prohibits government agencies from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it.

The price of water is going to become a major issue in the near future as state and federal agencies grapple with how to manage a critical resource given the decades of mismangement. California and the EPA are both woefully unprepared to deal with this crisis.

As I looked at the drought data one thing that jumps out is the ratio of the American population that are affected and unaffected by drought. Since 2000 the ratio seems to have averaged about 2.5:1 unaffected by drought. However since 2010 it looks like the ratio has been reduced to about 1.5:1 meaning we are closer to having an equal number of Americans affected by drought as not.

drought ratio

There will be unforeseen political implications of almost half the U.S. population experiencing severe drought conditions during a prolonged period of economic malaise…