- Bangkok underwater (pictures).
- Water Governance Key Approaches: An Analytical Framework [PDF] is biased away from analysis and towards claims of social needs and norms.
- Good news: Libya's Great Man Made River is again flowing (mining fossil water from under the Sahara). Bad news: The water is free (and going fast!)
- Two publications from Ofwat (England/Wales water regulator): "Affordable for all – how can we help those who struggle to pay their water bills?" and "Getting it right for customers - how can we make monopoly water and sewerage companies more accountable?" [here's the recent update: "Regulatory compliance – a proportionate and targeted approach: A consultation"]
- Water in Canada: 2010 Municipal Water Use Report: Municipal Water Use 2006 Statistics includes data on water use, water meters, and wastewater treatment levels.
- Notes from the road:
San Diego: S&P gives "junk" ratings to 4% of bonds from [investor owned] water utilities but 68% of bonds from all companies. This is despite utilities' struggle to raise rates and pay for costs.
Milwaukee: According to Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, the WaterSense program has "saves" 25 billion gallons of water a year. That's nearly 77,000 acre feet, or just under two months of Las Vegas consumption (three months if you're generous). So, no, WaterSense is NOT saving a lot of water across the nation (relative to costs?)
- Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (PPIC) looks pretty thorough.