Your editorial, “Southern California shows how to save water,” (April 12) highlighted what Valley and state government agencies still need to do to motivate people to use less water: Use carrots as well as sticks.
So far, I’m seeing talk of reprimands, fines and cut-offs but nothing about tax write-offs or utility rebates to encourage people to expensively replace landscaping, irrigation methods and appliances.
As for Michael Der Manouel Sr.’s letter (April 12) touting a 1999 plan, reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, for a pumpless pipeline from the Gulf of Alaska to bring fresh water to Las Vegas, only to be thwarted by tax-greedy governments: The scientific and engineering errors in that idea are astounding.
Debunking it would be a great integrated project for middle and high school science classes.
Before Mr. Der Manouel’s statements get any more traction, I did a thorough search of the San Francisco Chronicle’s archives as well as a general Google search. There is nothing at all about that plan reported at any time or anywhere.
Susan Weikel Morrison