Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Perth-To-Pewaukee: Higher Water Rates And Comservation Should Happen

Water woes in Pewaukee?

And Waukesha, too, where some users will begin paying a premium when their water use becomes substantial?

And check out real water woes in Australia!

Additionally, this NPR piece describes how wind-driven desalination plants are not only providing water to Australians, but doing so without adding more pollution to the air.

Could Wisconsin so cleverly link clean air with drinking water provision?

Note: The Waukesha and Pewaukee water conservation rate increases are steps in the right direction, but they don't kick in until users have really pushed it.

In Pewaukee, for example, the proposed higher rates would apply after 75,000 gallons per quarter year, which means heavy use by an underground watering system or too many refills in the backyard pool.

It's a step in the right direction, but only a baby step.

For more information about major water shortages in the US, go here.

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