11 Dec 2009

The global water crisis is a self-inflicted wound

A concise analysis:
As governments across the world, and especially the developing world, worry about a looming water crisis, Biswas dismisses it as a self-inflicted wound. The problem we have, he says, 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."
Any questions?


  1. I don't disagree that water needs to have a price. However, I heartily disagree to allowing that price to contain a profit margin.

  2. Interesting article- I especially liked the "By the Numbers: Unaccounted-For Water":

    City: Amount Lost (%)
    Singapore: 5
    Phnom Penh: 7
    New York: 6
    London: 27

    What do you suppose the percent is for the State of California/ DWR?


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