Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Figuring the monthly water usage for the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) is no easy chore. Just ask Ron Merckling, water conservation and public affairs manager for the CMWD. He has to look at it from a number of different angles — residential, commercial, institutional and agricultural — all of which have to coalesce in the final conservation figures reported to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Throw in the water provided to other purveyors in the Ojai Valley, and the sense of confusion only grows.