Once Cheap, Now Precious

As hard as saving energy may be, it’s even harder coming to grips with the need to conserve something as seemingly limitless as water.

In my newspaper reporting days I once saw a sign in a town hall that compared the price of water to beverages like milk, beer, soda pop, and orange juice. Water, the sign said, cost “four gallons for one cent — delivered.”

The point was to tell residents that water was a bargain and...

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