Water. It’s difficult to say we lack it during this el-nino year. You look outside, nothing but rain. You open your faucet, it doesn’t run out. It seems like it’s always there in unlimited quantities. Hence lies a dangerous illusion that water has always been there and always will. However, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about the shortage of this precious commodity. Some even call water the next gold.
After all, gold values have risen in the last several years. Will water too? Bay Area water suppliers expect there will not be enough water for their customers by 2018. So what does this mean for us and our homes? It means we can expect the water bill to get bigger. Much bigger.
Have you seen all the hub-bub being made about the EPA filing on rainwater runoff? You can read the actual filing if you like. Basically, the tax would be levied on new and newly redeveloped sites that do not meet certain requirements for control of storm water discharge. Closer to home, Deputy GM of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Michael Carlin indicated that San Francisco Bay Area households that pay $63/mo for water can expect to pay $128 in 2018. To top it off, the cap on the water that can be drawn from the Hetch Hetchy in 2018 won’t be enough for residents – it will be short by (more…)