11 Jan 2013

Speed blogging

iWater! (Alona Beach, PH)
  1. What would be the impact of SoCal losing access to Delta water? A 6+ percent drop in GDP and employment (Table ES-4), UNLESS customers are allowed to adjust ("Simultaneous Resilience"), in which case the cost drops to about nothing (Table 11). I'm annoyed that the authors buried this result, but it WAS prepared for the LA Country Economic Development Corporation (hint).

  2. California’s Water Market, By the Numbers: Update 2012 [pdf]

  3. Here's the summary report [pdf] for the EA/Water UK Tariff Workshop where I spoke in November [previous post with slides and audio].

  4. Here's my post on water, energy and the economy over at the Growing Blue website. As usual, I think the water-energy nexus is irrelevant.

  5. Achieving Financial Sustainability and Recovering Costs in Bank Financed Water Supply and Sanitation and Irrigation Projects has an interesting description of evolving attitudes towards finance, but I still think there's no role for direct subsidies to water users, i.e., aim for full cost recovery (including scarcity pricing) and directly transfer cash to subsidize politically-important groups.

H/T to BB

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Re #1: I'm glad to see you noticed those ridiculous results too. The whole impact disapeared with basic lawn watering restrictions. They modeled a scenario where industries (even hospitals) cutback water use more than households in a shortage, and those industries had virtually no ability to substitute for water. If a hospital has to cut back 5% on water use, it will cut output (patients served) and employment by 4%. It may sound ridiculous, but that's exactly what the results of this report says.

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