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That Water Conservation Forum Is Tonight

Gary Patton, KUSP, Land Use Report, 11/15/12

Tonight, Engineers for Water Alternatives will hold a forum on the following topic:  “Can Water Market Incentives Unlock A Race To Conserve?” The idea is to use “free market” techniques to achieve an important conservation objective. In other words, this isn’t your typical “command and control” regulatory approach. If you want to attend the forum, it’s at 7:00 o’clock tonight, at the Mid‑County Senior Center, 829 Bay Avenue, in Capitola. Admission is free.

I am always somewhat suspicious of claims that the “market” will produce the public good. Just let everyone pursue their own self-interest, and some sort of “invisible hand” will result in the best thing for the community as a whole. Adam Smith pretty much said that. I am dubious, but I think the forum tonight is worth attending.

Besides hoping that “free market” solutions will provide an easy route to water conservation, I think we need to tell ourselves what we want to do, and then “make a rule” to accomplish the goal we’ve set. If we don’t want to embark on a costly desalination project, for example, trying to “manufacture” water to meet what we think are our needs, then we need to decide that we will live within our existing resources, and use every technique we can to make sure that we do. I am pretty convinced that we can do that, and that it is probably cheaper than desal, but it will take work.

More Information:

That Water Conservation Forum Is Tonight

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Information on the November 15th Forum



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