CWEA Member Richard G. Luthy provides an op-ed via Water Deeply on The Price of Water Conservation – Using Less and Paying More
Many people have seen their water rates go up as they conserve more, but it doesn’t have to be this way, writes Richard G. Luthy, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.
Payments to water utilities don’t just pay for the water itself. That revenue also pays for people, technology and other infrastructure to ensure our water is available, safe to consume and delivered where – and when – we need it. Where I live, domestic water is imported from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and only about 35 percent of my water bill goes toward purchase of the water itself. The rest covers local operations such as maintenance and capital improvements to the reservoirs, miles of pipes and other facilities that convey drinkable water from the Sierra to my faucets.