Conserving water better
than ‘feel good’ Prop. 72
According to EBMUD, a typical family of three uses about 280 gallons of water daily, or therefore about 100,000 gallons annually. A 5,000-gallon storage tank might therefore save about 5 percent of this annual usage and, according to the Editorial “Prop. 72 rewards homeowners for conserving water,” March 12), costs a minimum of $2,500 (plus installation, and the cost of the collection and distribution system).
At a tax assessment rate of 1.2 percent, the annual property tax savings might be $30 or slightly more when all savings and costs are considered. It therefore does very little to change the fact that this is still a high price to pay for a very minimal amount of water conservation.
Prop. 72 appears to be a “feel good” proposition that is easy to vote for, but it seems like a much better case can be made for conservation.