Pat Trieweiler: Making money on our water is wrong

June 10, 2014 

As a crop insurance adjuster, I find it disheartening to see all the “idle fallow” acreage our local growers can’t farm due to the lack of water. I find it insulting and a slap in the face to Merced County farmers that groundwater will be pumped at a premium price and sent to Patterson.

One man’s misery is another man’s fortune. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Our water table is dropping and some of the ground we stand on is sinking. That is a fact.

How can our county leadership ask its citizens on one hand to conserve water, yet on the other have no restrictions on these “quick buck” schemes?

Greed and haste will make waste of our local growers, all for the sake of the “fast buck.” Where is the vision and logic in that for our local economy and job creation? I hope our county will change its tune on prioritizing our local growers’ water concerns, and create policies eliminating these high-dollar water transfer schemes.

Pat Trieweiler, Atwater

Editor’s note:

According to, here is the new watering schedule:

• Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday and Saturday

• Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday and Sunday

The schedule listed in the city June newsletter that went out to homes with the utility bill at the beginning of the month was in error.

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