To address water scarcity, raise the price

A reader sends a think piece about water. The gist: if you want people to conserve water, charge more for it.

But that policy can be nuanced. “Water needed for drinking, cooking, and basic hygiene as a basis for survival must be available even for a person unable to pay,” the piece quotes Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. But “there must be limits: Water to fill a private swimming pool or to wash a car, for instance, is not a free public good; rather, it should be a normal commercial good covering at least the full cost of infrastructure, not subsidized or even distributed for free.”

The piece is in Fortune magazine, if you’re interested.

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