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To Understand Water, Learn the Math

 OK, I’ll admit to being a bit of a geek when it comes to water numbers. I never got all that excited about algebra in school, and college calculus was a real struggle.  But water numbers fascinate me.  If you’ve read any of my earlier blogs it will be apparent that this fascination borders on…

Insatiable Thirst? The Fracking/Water Collision in South Texas

Fifty miles south of San Antonio on Route 181, signs of the hydraulic fracturing boom taking place in the Eagle Ford Basin are everywhere. New hotels are popping up. Trucks endlessly barrel down roads. Restaurants can’t find enough workers. And then there are the potted country roads lined with artificial ponds, water stations and miles…

The Good News and Bad News of Declining Water Demand

By Sharlene Leurig, water financing expert with Ceres Water utilities across the United States are planning major infrastructure investments in the coming decades. How much? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates about $300 billion will need to be spent by 2030 to keep our drinking water systems safe. When it comes to economic investment, there are few…

The High Costs of Free Water

  When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746 The problem with water, many economists say, is the fact that it is essentially free. That may come as a surprise to you if you receive a monthly bill from your local water utility.  But the economists…

Ireland to Charge for Water for the First Time

  If you’re one of the 4.5 million people who live in Ireland, you pay no water bill. Municipal water is free, no matter how much you use. And no one knows how much you use — not even you. Ireland has no water meters and no water bills. In fact, Ireland is the only country…