Unaccounted for water
What can be ascertained from this empirical data is that using OMI and outsourcing the distribution of the City’s water resources, water loss has doubled.
Lost water can translate into any number of “bad news” scenarios, but in summary it can be said that lost water:
Wastes a resource we can not afford to waste
Costs more money to produce water for usage
Depletes aquifers of water that could have been banked for future use
Jeopardizes future water resources. If we can’t keep track of what we use now, why would the State Water Resource Board grant additional water rights to the City in the future?