A Los Angeles Times editorial takes a hard look at effective water conservation strategies, and agrees that LADWP and Mayor Eric Garcetti are correct to propose a fourth rate tier for the biggest users.
In the scheme of things, the LA Times editorial notes, the Bel-Air water guzzler and similar high users account for a very small portion of water use, and they pay for it through a tiered price structure that bills them at the highest rate for most of their usage.
Should water guzzlers pay more than they already do? The editorial argues that we are in the eighth year of a drought (not counting the wet winter of 2011) and are facing a future with less water to go around. So, "by all means, the tier structure should be modified to encourage wiser use and at the same time bring in some of the money needed for recycling and other projects that can bring in more water. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Mayor Eric Garcetti are correct to propose a fourth rate tier for the biggest users."