I am a water economist. AMA on water issues anywhere on earth, now or in the future!
I'm here to answer any and all questions about water policy and economics, i.e., on topics such as groundwater depletion, drought and shortage, floods and storms, environmental flows, human rights, bottled water, fracking, dead rivers, big dams, privatization, meters, corruption, water in slums, etc. I've looked into water issues in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, China, India, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, NZ, S Africa, Brazil, Peru, Iceland... Just ask... I have lots of opinions and quite a few facts :)
- My last AMA (17 July) is here
- You can download my book (FREE) at http://livingwithwaterscarcity.com/LwWS_Free_Final.pdf
- You can watch four interviews on pricing tap water, irrigation, bottled water, and floods and droughts here
- My blog is at aguanomics.com
- My academic and popular writing is here
Edit: I'm recommending my book because it's FREE TO DOWNLOAD
15:40 UTC: I'll be back in a few hours. Keep asking (and upvoting) Qs!
19:15 UTC: I'm taking a dinner break. Back in a few hrs.
- Some reading: the difference between the price, cost and value of water
- I don't work for Nestle. I'm a bad consultant b/c I don't tell clients what they want to hear. You can read my CV (PDF) if you want to see who's paid me.
- Remember that there's a HUGE difference between "wholesale" water (ag, enviro, markets) and "retail" drinking water (utility, monopoly, regulations). I discuss these, as well as "economic vs social" water in Parts I and II of my book (yes, its free b/c my JOB is helping people understand these issues).
21:15 Ok, I'm going to respond to top-voted comments. Glad this is popular and I hope you're learning something useful (if only my opinion).
22:20 Sorry folks, I'm literally overwhelmed with questions. Please UPVOTE and I will go for the top ones in the morning (about 9 hrs)
11:00 on 12 Nov: Ok, I'm done here.
- Thanks for all the great questions.
- Ctrl F here if I didn't get to your Q
- Google keywords at aguanomics (5,000+ posts) for more
- Read my book (really) if you want to think about the tradeoffs for different uses. It's free
- Many water problems can be addressed by better governance, which requires citizen participation
- Here's a blog post with lots of water jobs
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