Every year there is a water crisis, many times several at once. These consist of droughts and floods. Why not create a national water management system, like the interstate highway system or interstate electrical system, that works for the whole United States?
We should construct a system, possibly using some of the rights of way for the highway and electrical systems, to distribute water from areas of surplus to areas of shortage. We would have water for those who want it and could pay for it.
This water could be used to fill aquifers, reservoirs, rivers, and lake. Or irrigate farmland. Those with excess water could sell and pump water into the national system. Any entity could sell extra water and any entity could buy needed water.
Buyers could decide how much they wanted to pay, and sellers could decide at what price they wanted to sell. Supply and demand would determine the actual price.
This system would take years to build, but we need to start somewhere.
Dave Eanes, Fresno