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High and dry


As someone who lives in a city that depends on Colorado River water for its residential water supply, I worry about the trends of increasing demand and decreasing supply. I was disappointed, though, to see the article “High and dry” (March 2021) close with a warning that “people need to ditch way more lawns.” To be sure, urban lawns represent a reckless use of water in the desert. But residential use accounts for a relatively small fraction of the water drawn from the Colorado. It is misleading to put the onus of responsible water use on residential users when the vast majority of Colorado River water goes to irrigate agricultural fields.

Charlie Kenslea
Tucson, Arizona