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August 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Valley needs real water solutions

Conor Shine’s Sept. 23 story (“Water Authority’s Pat Mulroy to retire”) does a great job of highlighting the cause of our dire water shortage. In it, Mulroy is quoted as saying that our country needs a national water strategy.

I would counter that it is Nevada that needs a water strategy — and has needed one for years.

Our situation is dire, and expecting the federal government to provide solutions for us is preposterous.

Big government is inefficient and self-serving. “Obamacare” is the latest example. Perhaps Sen. Harry Reid and his railroad could have delivered water to us!

I’ve lived here 14 years. We use less water now and pay substantially more for it. That’s not a solution; it’s a Band-Aid.

What are Mulroy’s qualifications for holding her post? Who serves with her on the water authority and what have their accomplishments been?

When I visit the Smith Center, I marvel at the great lawn covered with grass being watered regularly, while the rest of us have converted to desert landscaping in order to save water.

We live in a desert, and that is not about to change anytime soon.

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