American Rivers Report

Mayor Jordan's status update on Facebook refers to my last blog post three days ago so I'm feeling the pressure to put something else out there :)

It's raining in July and the Cardinals are squaring off against the Dodgers in a four game series so life is pretty good. 2-1 Cards in the 6th.

I want to call your attention to this report on water conservation initiatives throughout the southeast (see below). There are some great case studies on what cities like Charlotte and Atlanta are doing that are very relevant to our area as well.

This is an important discussion for many reasons. One of the things that always sticks out in my mind is the dichotomy between water conservation and water revenue. Unfortunately, utilities like the City's water utility rely on consumption to produce revenue, but it's really in all of our best interests to conserve water. The revenue is necessary to provide the service, but the conservation is necessary for the long term sustainability of our region.

The same argument applies to garbage and electricity. The City makes much more money off of waste to the landfill than it does recycling, but couldn't possibly provide the service without that revenue. SWEPCO makes a lot of money off of energy consumption and even inefficient homes, but makes nothing off of efficiency. To truly become a sustainable society we have to figure out how to address these issues in a way that allows the provider to make enough to provide the service while encouraging the user to be efficient.

In my best Mr Rodgers impersonation..."This is called a market failure kids"

American Rivers Report.pdf

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