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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Water conservation: Paying more for less

Published 7/14/2008
It's one thing to recognize that water is a precious commodity. It's another to get people to use it that way. And there is one agreed-upon method for utilities to force people to conserve: Change what they pay for water.

Whether it's forced or voluntary, the less water we consume, the less money utilities make.

The water and sewer business has high fixed costs, JEA's McElroy said. Groundwater itself is free, and it's cheap to treat. The expense of water comes more in the infrastructure used to pump and pipe it.

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