Monday, September 17, 2007

Why the water crisis is not inevitable

Simple: despite growth, we can reduce per-capita use significantly. Just low-flow toilets and shower heads make a big difference. And as the market price rises, people will take quicker showers, transition to low-maintenance yards, and undertake other water-saving measures. All hope is not lost.
While more people and jobs are now located in this paradise, water consumption per-capita has been falling faster than the scale of growth has increased. The net effect is that aggregate demand has declined.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vanessa said...

What about the insane amount of water used by industry in cooling etc? What about increased salinization making increasing amounts of water unusable? Desalinize you say...where do we get the insane amount of energy that takes? Just a couple thoughts.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Desalinization is something I need to learn more about.....in any regard I just wish people were forced to face the externalities they cause....

11:03 PM  

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