[Photo courtesey of Peter Boden via the MetroSpokane pool on Flickr]
We just finished reading an article in the Seattle PI forwarded to us by a faithful reader. The article goes into detail on last week's ruling that the Washington State Legislature went a touch too far by passing a law treating developers as local governments when acquiring state water rights. Water rights that give them access to water taken from the ground and rivers allowing them to sidestep the tradition of use-it or lose-it rules followed by most water users.
What was most alarming to us was the following quote in the Seattle PI article:
"Geiger, of the environmental council, noted that Seattle, with 1.3 million people on its water system in the city and suburbs, is using about 140 million gallons a day -- roughly the same as in the 1970s, thanks to aggressive conservation measures."
"But Spokane, with a population of only about 200,000, is using far more -- 180 million gallons a day. And Spokane still has rights to another 168 million gallons a day. That gives Spokane little incentive to conserve, Geiger said."