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Saturday, 12 December 2009

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Jason Mumm

Pricing is critical even here in the US. Drivers for water shortages are different here than elsewhere. Here, we are water short many times because of the constant pull of growth on a finite fresh water supply. Since the cost of incremental capacity and water supplies is huge, the cost to the customer is under constant pressure as well. Pricing for incremental capacity can be (should be) captured in things like development fees/impact fees charged to new connections to the utility. If the full cost of new supplies and new treatment and delivery infrastructure is properly captured, then a pricing mechanism exists to signal that additional growth can only occur at a (presumably, high) price. Growth can't be free either - anything that is free won't be used prudently.

PAUL F MILLER

I rise to note the sentence ... "The problem we have is not scarcity but mismanagement. The solution to shortages is simple. Water must have a price. Anything that is free won't be used prudently." ... has real meaning for me and one implication for me in the USA we currently value wealth creation above all else and to that end we will use water in all its forms as a means to expand our wealth.

Mismanagement was always been the culprit masquerading in various forms especially when water became a COMMODITY and stopped being part of the COMMONS. There is, I believe, a commonly held belief that PRICE must necessarily refer to $$$$, but is that really true…? Might PRICE also refer to the health of mankind as well as the biodiversity of the single biosphere we share…?

It strikes me that as long as effective and efficient and PRUDENT management of WATER is defined solely in terms of $$$, I personally do not see any significant change in the manner in which water is manipulated, save to extract the last dollar for one’s bottom line.

Respectfully,

Paul F. Miller

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