Californians don’t want the government to spend public money to improve water supply


A vast majority of Californians see the current drought as a major problem/crisis but only a small percentage of people want the government to spend public money to improve water storage and delivery systems.

A fresh opinion survey found 89 per cent of respondents characterizing the statewide drought as a major problem, but only 16 per cent of them said that the natural calamity had affected their lives to a major degree.

A majority of respondents opposed the suspension of environmental protections or spending of public money at a large scale to improve water supplies. Only 36 per cent said they wanted to improve water delivery systems by spending public money.

David Kanevsky of Republican firm American Viewpoint, which conducted the opinion survey in partnership with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said that people didn't want quick fixes at the expense of the environment.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "They're really blaming larger forces here. What they don't want to see is quick fixes at the expense of the environment. As soon as you inject spending into it, support dries up."

However, 45 per cent people surveyed in Southern California said water rates should be hiked to promote conservation. In the Bay Area and Central Valley, 56 per cent and 33 per cent of the respondents suggested hike in water rates.

Agriculture, one of the state's biggest water using sector, has partially compensated for decreased water supply by pumping more groundwater, blunting the demand for radical remedies and huge spending on water projects.

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