Taking water conservation seriously
April 9, 2009 § 1 Comment
Starts at home. At the water meter. LA City staff proposed a tiered water rating system, in which if a user exceeds a certain volume of water consumption, they go up to a higher rate for the additional water use – and City Council shot it down. Unanimously. This time (sounds likely they’ll be another round).
LA Observed thought this deserved attention, and so do I. Maybe the Times will report on it tomorrow?
While I am a supporter of tiered water rating, there’s also an equity issue – how do you fairly charge by household when some households have 1 person and others have 4 or more? We can come up with nonintrusive but potentially unfair (as above) methods with flat water tiers (you consume over X gallons total, you go up to the next rate) or we move into some complicated and potentially intrusive methods, counting members of households etc and allocating a base volume from that (I just made that method up, btw, as an example of an intrusive but fair way to do that. I don’t know what was actually proposed by the City).
What do you think? (and please don’t say desal!)