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May 04, 2007



AFAIK, water is cheap in north FL and nearby, because we're right on the Floridan Aquifer, which I probably don't need to tell you is one of the larger, cleaner sources of freshwater in the US. Most municipal utility providers in this area just tap the aquifer more or less directly, so they have little cost associated with transport or amending water quality, and they pass the low costs on to consumers. And, less fortunately, the implicit idea that clean water is freely available--to squander as much as use.

I think--I'm much less sure about this than the water situation--that electricity is more expensive than water because (no one having done much about large-scale solar power) we don't have any power sources that are as readily available, where in other places hydroelectric, for instance, is common enough to be cheap.

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