The Risks of Cheap Water

Outlet: The New York Times

October 14, 2014

This summer, CA’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in NV, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes & businesses to pull out their lawns. It will get worse. As climate change & population growth further stress the water supply from the drought-plagued West to the seemingly bottomless Great Lakes, states & municipalities are likely to impose increasingly draconian restrictions on water use. But the proliferation of limits on water use will not solve the problem because regulations do nothing to address the main driver of the nation’s wanton consumption of water: its price.