Books like Blue Covenant by Maude Barlow have transformed the thinking world’s understanding of water. With an unprecedented interest in water and its availability, blogs like Aguanomics – the economics of water, provide readers a look at water and economics, and how the two are inseparable.
David Zetland, the author, is also a visiting fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. He wrte at Forbes.com….
We can solve America’s water "shortage" in the same way that we would solve a shortage in any market. Increase prices until the quantity demanded falls to equal supply. This pricing system would ensure that everyone gets a basic allocation of cheap water while forcing guzzlers to pay a high price.
Want to use more water? Pay for it
There are not too many good blogs dedicated to water, David’s is one that hasn’t been around for long, but cover’s the topics with an expert’s eye.
Bottom Line: The full expression of economic and social development in urban areas can be achieved with as little as 135 lcd (or 36 gallons/capita/day) — far in excess of my suggested 75 gcd "lifeline" water supply (for residential use only). Since we use much more than that, there’s a good chance that urban conservation will not reduce our quality of life.
If you are interested in keeping up to date with the global water issue, check out David’s blog, Aguanomics.com