Update 6/17/13 |
Water rates rising
Water prices in 30 major U.S. cities again grew at a pace faster than inflation, according to Circle of Blue’s annual survey of water rates for single-family residential customers.
Water prices increased an average of 6.7 percent in these metropolitan areas, a slower rate than in recent years but well above the 2.1 percent increase in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for 2012. The median increase in water prices was 6.2 percent.
Several factors are pushing rates higher. Cities are building facilities to adapt to new water scarcities, to serve new growth, or to comply with federal mandates. With a water main break every two minutes across the U.S., an aging distribution grid sends water gushing through the streets every day. The American Water Works Association, an industry trade group, estimates that restoring existing pipes to maintain service will require as much as $US 1 trillion over the next 25 years.
Water rates are also rising in Canada though no recent statistics are available. Environment Canada's 2011 Municipal Water Pricing Report provides water pricing numbers for 2009.
It's summertime. Time to put all your troubles away, leave your grimy urban life behind and head out to that pristine Canadian wilderness. Or wish it were so. A word of caution, before taking off for the hills armed with swimsuits, snorkels and beach balls, remember to bring kettles, bottled water or aquatabs, because you'll have to boil your water in hundreds of Canadian resorts, campgrounds, Provincial Parks, RV Parks and Bible or Girl Guide Camps across the country. Whether it's for lack of funds, a devil may care attitude or isolation, a host of holdiay spots have been under Boil Water Advisory water for years.
The Water Chronicles is putting together a master list of all published Vacation Spot Water Advisories. Stay Tuned. Tomorrow, it's BC.
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