Re: Water prices, was Re: Overpopulation

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 19:40:20 MST

Chris Hibbert wrote:

> Spike wrote:
> > >The problem is that we think of water as free. If fresh water
> > >had a price tag associated with it, we might move to stop
> > >the waste.
> Chuck Kuecker responded:
> > Obviously, you have never seen a Cary, Illinois water bill - or the
> > associated late charge - or the restrictions on use if there's two weeks
> > without rain in the summer...
> That sounds like what we have in California, that Spike was referring to.

Ja. If there were more tech jobs available,

> Prices low enough that people don't worry about water except during an
> emergency. ...
> If they'd just raise the prices, we'd use less when the use didn't make sense,
> and people would find substitutes or alternative sources.

Roger that, big time. Use should be controlled by markets alone.

> Same as we did during the energy crisis, since it was illegal to raise power
> prices for consumers. The social pressure and the race to "cooperate" during
> the emergency was scary to behold.

Ja, and the scarier part is we may reelect the same state "government"
that created these problems before. If there were more tech jobs
there, I would leave Taxifornia for Nevada. spike

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