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Archive for June, 2012

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The Water Conservation and Increased Rate Paradox

Written by Terry Biederman

A couple weeks ago, I visited several water utilities in Florida. In my conversations, I heard over and over that their daily water demands had been decreasing since the recession began in 2008 — in some cases by up to 30 percent, even accounting for varying annual weather data.

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Water Scarcity — Don’t Believe the Hype?!

Written by Martin Byars

Remember Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short crossing the desert, completely dehydrated, in “the Three Amigos?” Martin’s character eagerly opens his canteen and only a small drop of water dribbles out. Short’s character opens his and gets a mouthful of sand. Chase’s character then opens his, enjoys a long drink from a full canteen, even gargling with some and spitting it out before tossing it to the ground.

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Is the Americano Size Really a Better Value?

Written by Ron Steiger

I remember a trip I took to Montpellier, France, to watch Le Tour de France. While walking through the entertainment pavilions, I sought something cold to drink to combat the July heat. It’s almost insulting how the French advertised their drink sizes: small, medium, large and, of course, “Americano.” If you relate that to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to cap the size of fountain drinks, it almost affirms the French mockery of our excessive appetite and lack of accountability.

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How Much Does Water Really Cost Today?

Written by Chris Peacock

The true value of water is a hot topic for anyone in the water industry. With the critical need to invest in infrastructure upgrades, meet regulatory requirements and continue to serve an ever-growing population base, we consider the value of water in a whole new way.

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