State Senator Bob Wieckowski of Fremont has authored a bill that would give water agencies the option of putting a water waster tax on the local ballot.
A court ruling earlier this year made it illegal to raise water rates above the cost of delivery taking away a weapon used to deter wasting water.
“They don’t get it,” said Wieckowski, referring to water wasters.
He said his tax proposal could triple water bills for users and would get the attention of water wasters. He also said there are many users who resent residents who pay no attention to the drought and that would be enough to pass a tax which requires a two-thirds majority to pass.
The money would go to water conservation efforts. Water agencies would not have to present a tax to customers but Wieckowski says the mere thought of a tax might be enough to get water users to save.