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Voice: Others wanting to solve their water at the expense of us

March 19, 2002

There is an old and true saying that we are all familiar with: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Salton Sea is thriving, our farmers are helping to feed our nation and we enjoy cheap and plentiful tap water. We should leave things be as they are.

However, there are mounting pressures from inside and outside sources to relinquish a portion of our dearly needed water. To do so would limit our growth and opportunities.

Why is San Diego County's water district targeting us and our water? Well, compared to San Diego, Imperial County doesn't have the population to defend itself. They're picking on the little guy. Also, MWD is looking to buy our water at $240 an acre-foot and sell it to individual cities at $430 an acre-foot. They want to solve their water woes and turn a huge profit at the same time. We are being used.

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Any local politician who supports this water transfer is betraying our community and their own common sense, probably for their own personal gain. We should fight the transfer tooth and nail.

As a good friend said to me, "The first drop of water we give away will mark the beginning of the end."

GUY MANNING

El Centro

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