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This year, as state officeholders – and later voters – considered a new funding program for water infrastructure, supporters of the measure warned of the economic consequences that Texas would incur if it failed to act. Several unsettling figures were plucked from the State Water Plan (SWP) and repeated far and wide. In a report... Full Story
Last week, voters in three cities in Colorado and one in Ohio passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the controversial drilling practice that involves injecting a mixture of sand, water, and chemicals under high pressure into underground shale rock formations to release oil and natural gas trapped in the rock. Boulder, Fort Collins, and Lafayette,... Full Story
We recently blogged about a Columbia University study showing that there is a correlation between rising water rates and utility debt levels. The study found, by way of recap, that utilities across the country have increased water rates to pay off new infrastructure, and – somewhat unexpectedly – the higher rates depressed the demand for... Full Story
Today marks the one year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. News outlets have covered virtually every angle, from the recovery to the adequacy of insurance payouts. As at the time of the storm, many commentators are pointing to Sandy as evidence that climate change is underway. The storm, it is said, was a canary’s warning... Full Story
The Columbia University Water Center recently released a fascinating report it produced with Veolia Environment and Growing Blue that examines the rising debt levels and rate increases across American municipal water utilities. The report correlates survey data collected from the American Water Works Association with demographic and meteorological data and identifies several patterns and trends... Full Story