Commentary: Ending Sacramento's wasteful use of water

This editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee.

After years of acting like the Jabba the Hutt of the water world, Sacramento is starting to sound serious about conservation – and a not a drop too soon.

At a workshop last week, the City Council heard proposals from staff members on beefing up landscaping rules and enforcing water-waste rules.

Utilities director Marty Hanneman also wants the council to consider requiring homes up for resale to be retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, an ordinance enacted by other California cities.

While actions are more important than words, these proposals – and the council's response to them – represent a marked departure from business as usual.

Before Hanneman became utilities chief, Sacramento had dragged its feet for years on installing water meters and providing adequate funding for its water conservation program. As a result, it was effectively ignoring its commitments under the Water Forum, a regional effort at improving water management.

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