To the Editor: Responds to editorial regarding water

I was very interested to read the views of Publisher Patricia Farris regarding the recently released water report prepared by Todd Engineering. With all due respect, I disagree that there are “compelling studies by reputable sources that refute the water report’s facts and conclusions. “

The report is based on existing published studies, careful estimates of recharge and actual consumption, pumping records and the recommendations follow this summary of conditions. Hydrology is a science based on measurements. The hydrology of the IWV basin is well enough understood to discount the idea that water is recharging at the rate we are using it. Well owners have repeatedly asserted that water in their wells is dropping at frightening rates.

However, I do agree with Mrs. Farris that the report is troubling, if not alarming. We need to take steps to conserve the remaining water. Even if you were skeptical of the report, wouldn’t it be prudent to take conservation measures on the chance that the report is accurate?

The county workshop is Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Inyokern Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. I hope everyone who uses water from the Indian Wells Valley will attend.

Penelope LePome

Story First Published: 2014-02-12