Is the price right? How do we value water?
Water scarcity has been a hallmark of the arid and semi-arid West since humans inhabited the area. In light of our expanding population and our – at least in the current drought – diminishing supply of water, how do we equitably distribute, use and price water? There is a new appreciation that we will need to adjust our relationship with water and that we can’t simply engineer our way out of the current shortfall. Should water be priced as a necessity for life – no matter how much is consumed – or should there be rising rates to correspond to rising consumption? How do we conserve without turning water purveyors into barons? Can architects, developers and cities work together to create policies and practices that reduce water consumption?
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