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Make California drought tolerant by increasing the price of water

To the editor: Brad Gleason states that farmers are paying, on average, $1,000 an acre-foot for water. This equates to about a third of a penny per gallon. ("Why almond growers aren't the water enemy," op-ed, March 25) Here in the San Diego area, residential customers pay more than double this amount for water, so maybe $1,000 per acre-foot isn't so bad. In either case, rural or residential, the cost for one of man's most precious resources (water) is absurdly cheap. Is there anything someone could buy for less than a penny per gallon? If serious inroads are to be made to deal with the severe drought in California, the cost of water should be used as one of the...

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