18 Oct 2011

Speed blogging

  • An interesting document [PDF] from San Diego that compares the cost of water from different sources (desalination, recycling, imports, etc.)

  • A ten minute interview [9MB MP3] with me on KOGO radio -- San Diego's right-wing radio station. I was quite disappointed to hear the host -- after the interview -- turn my message (higher prices will help conserve water) into a baseless polemic on "we're doing what we can" (per capita consumption is 165 gallons/day, or 625 liters/day, so not really) and how the REAL problem are those damned regulations preventing water exports to Southern California. I now have even less respect for talk radio (if that's possible).

  • The SD Union Tribune, on the other hand, published my op/ed: "Southern California’s real water problem – pricing"

  • The End of Abundance RIGHT NOW: "on the island of Nukulaelae, there were only 16 gallons of fresh water remaining Tuesday for the 350 residents... the combination of rising water levels and low rainfall mean makes life on the islands look increasingly precarious."

  • A California court has ruled that tiered prices and water budgets do not violate Prop 218 BUT that tiers need to be proportionate to cost of service, so one district is revising two years of water bills [PDF]. Sounds a lot more complicated (consultant fees! lawyers!) than uniform rates for all customers.

  • Read this paper [PDF]! "International water rights do not address threats to the availability of clean water – pollution, depletion, monopoly, corruption, conflict of interest and mismanagement – and could even exacerbate them. The dark irony of international water rights is that they could frustrate the very objectives they are intended to achieve."
H/Ts to Anon, BF and DL