Editor:

Regarding Bill Bauer’s urging to protest the water rate increases: Has he not heard about the drought? Has he not heard about the Megadrought expected to last for at least decades in the South West?

We live in a desert! What makes him think he and we have a right to cheap water?

We need higher water rates to discourage over-consumption and pay for new sources of potable water, like desalination of the ocean of water at our door.

We need to capture of the massive runoff from our streets and pump it back into the ground.

We need zoning laws that mandate gray water systems in every home.

Mr. Bauer and the opponents of the rate hike are like children throwing a tantrum when their parents tell them they can’t afford a pony.

We can’t afford cheap water!

Harvey S. Frey
Santa Monica

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