If "education is the solution" then we
In this post, I will comment on some "closed" activities and invite you to ongoing and new activities.
NB: Questions/activities are based on chapters from Living with Water Scarcity, and you can download the 2015 WaterSmarts Calendar here.
- March: How much do you pay? (Chapter 2)
One person filled this in with data from Colombia. The interesting points are (1) the tariff (US$2.55/m3, combined water and sewer) includes a cross-subsidy from higher- to lower income families and (2) that this family used roughly 250lcd (65gcd), which is less than California's (poorly measured) average of 88gcd. If you want more data, read my paper on global water tariffs [pdf] or this post on low charges in Europe's fiscally mismanaged countries
- April: Who's your regulator? (Chapter 3)
From Colombia, I learned that the regulator targets full cost recovery with a cross subsidy from rich to poor. This method is sound in terms of efficiency as well as equity. It is not found in many countries where, for example, full costs are not recovered (deferred maintenance, cheap energy, pollution discharges) or the poor are left without service. I'm guessing that the US and Canada deliver service quality on par with southern Europe. This paper describes how Southern California managers (but true for managers in the West) underprice their systems, thereby screwing current customers for new development. This beautiful map app offers data on wastewater coverage and treatment (yay Netherlands!)
- May: What's your water quality? (Chapter 4)
- June: The water in your food (Chapter 5)
- July: What's your (utility's) water source? (Chapter 6) NEW!