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Sun, Aug. 25

Council's water policy reflects sound thinking

They say a person can live only three or four days without water.

It's heartening to see the Prescott City Council taking that fact to heart by enacting a short-term water allocation policy that limits any single project to no more than 10 percent of the water the city has available in its alternative water account.

Currently, the account holds about 220 acre-feet, which would limit a single new project coming up for city approval to 22 acre-feet.

It's the only prudent thing for the city to do. If someone overspends his bank account, the worst that can happen is some unpleasant legal consequences. Overspend your water account, and you could die of thirst.

The good news is that it won't be that way always. The city has applied to the state for an additional 3,381 acre-feet of alternate water. The city also expects to complete its purchase of the JWK Ranch for additional water by the end of the year.

That easily will make some of the projects coming up for approval possible.

But let's hope the council continues this line of prudent thinking once that alternate water becomes available and the JWK Ranch water becomes available.

The first thing someone with a big charge card balance should do upon winning lotto or getting an inheritance is to pay off the outstanding balance before running off to the store.

The city should do the same with its water overdraft from safe yield.

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