Drought: Marin Water Utility Weighs New Fees for Excessive Use

The Marin Municipal Water District is considering whether to charge new penalties for high water users during the drought.

The proposal discussed by the district’s board this week would set varying caps on water use during the “summer” and “winter” billing periods. Ratepayers would be charged a fee for every 748 gallons used above that cap.

Opinion: Drain Lake Powell, Not Colorado Farms

Experts agree the amount of water in the Colorado River basin has declined because of drought and climate change, and that population growth is fueling demand for water higher and higher. One result is the level of Lake Powell in Arizona, behind Glen Canyon Dam, has steadily declined and is now at 43% of capacity.