What would you do if you opened your monthly water bill and found an invoice for almost $5,000? For Tyrone Jarvis, owner of Go Green Auto Care in Newport News, Virginia this wasn’t just a thought experiment. Nearly four years ago, he opened his mail expecting to find his typical water bill which generally ran about $59 per month. Instead, he found a four-digit surprise.
Here’s my dilemma: I’ve got infrastructure on my mind, water infrastructure to be specific. There are things I want to say to my elected officials, especially those in Washington DC, about the needs, the urgency, the strategic importance of repairing and upgrading our water systems. However, with daily panics coming out of our national capitol raising even more fundamental questions about the health of our democracy, this doesn’t seem like the best… Read More
Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have a thing about rainwater. It’s free, it’s clean (until it hits the ground and becomes problematic stormwater), and it’s “passive”, meaning that it comes to us all on its own. It’s becoming increasingly common to take advantage of this passive resource by using rainbarrels as a source for outdoor water use, but some of us crazy people take… Read More
It has been more than three years since the participants in The Johnson Foundation’s Freshwater Summit issued its Freshwater Call to Action, asking leaders from all sectors of society to address the challenges facing the United States’ freshwater resources. Paging back through the document from today’s vantage, it seems more prescient than ever. One of the themes that appears over and over again in the Call to Action is “innovation” as a… Read More