30 Jan 2009

Preparing for Failure

Mayor Sanders of San Diego has announced [PDF] public workshops...
...to help prepare the public for potential cuts to water supplies.

The Department is staging the workshops to discuss and take input on how water allocations for City water customers are being developed.
Here's what they should discuss -- raising the price of water to water wasters (while keeping it low for water misers). Santa Barbara did it in the last drought. Why can't San Diego use the price mechanism? Why does the Mayor and water department insist on rationing -- the most costly command and control response?

I'll be in the area (Feb 9, 10 and 12), so I'll show up to see what happens.

Bottom Line: Don't hold workshops to tell people what to do. Raise prices and let them decide what to do.

hattip to DW