Water costs, water rights, and water use, have been hot button issues in the state of California for over 100 years. Fortunes have been made and lost, and elections turned, over water politics in the arid and semi-arid regions of the state. The California Water Wars were a real thing at the turn of the century. In a place where the next drought is always on the horizon, water independence is a critical, if difficult, quest.
Coronado’s water costs are skyrocketing. In the 14 years from 2004 to 2018 the annual cost for watering the city’s golf course, public parks, and Orange Avenue median, went from $224,00 to $890,000. In the next fourteen years it is projected to reach $2 million.
Current city planners and decision makers recognized that not