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Saturday, January 31, 2009

'Cheap' water costly for environment

Published January 30, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel (Opinion)
Armed with a judge's OK, Seminole County says it will soon begin pumping millions of gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River. It's a smart move from the County Commission's perspective, as it will provide an abundant source of "cheap" water for future growth while generating revenue from new utility customers.

The dirty little secret that governments don't want us to know is this: They make money every time you turn on the tap, with excess revenues in some municipalities flowing back into general funds. As residents conserve water, those revenues fall, creating holes in local budgets. Every drop saved cuts into the bottom line, creating a disincentive to conserve.

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