America's Water and Wastewater Crisis
The Role of Private EnterpriseBook - 2011
This book examines the role of private firms in the American water and wastewater industry. As more water infrastructure shifts from public- to private-sector control, vendors, consultants, and facilities are taking on more importance. Lewis D. Solomon presents an historical overview of water supply and treatment needs and the role of the government, including how water policy has been crafted. He argues that water scarcity is becoming a problem due to groundwater depletion, contamination, and patterns of consumption. He examines the impact of climate change on water availability and quality considering voluntary conservation programs and mandatory restrictions for water use.
Solomon points to how for-profit firms can use technology to increase water supply. He describes what privatization would look like in practice and reviews evidence from two case studies. Solomon proposes privatization as a viable response to America's water crisis that can address both scarcity and capital problems.
America's Water and Wastewater Crisis presents a careful examination of how the water industry has operated in the United States in the past and how it may work as we move into the future. This book is invaluable to environmental specialists, businessmen, and government officials.
This work reviews the role of the private sector in America's water supply and wastewater industry, and also reviews the role of the federal government as a key funder and regulator. Addressing water scarcity, the book assesses groundwater depletion and the dwindling supply of freshwater resources, especially in the Southwest. Views are presented from both sides of the climate change/global warming debate, and the author explains how technology commercialized by for-profit firms can help increase water supplies through methods such as water reuse and desalination. The book also describes various forms of privatization and examines America's dilapidated infrastructure and the funding crisis in America's water supply. Results of empirical studies and arguments in favor of privatization are reviewed, and case studies from Atlanta and Indianapolis are presented. The book also discusses the equity aspects of full-cost pricing. Solomon is research professor of law at George Washington University Law School. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)