The folks in Carlsbad (NM) are considering an interesting move to try to conserve their municipal water supplies as oil and gas development covets more. From Brett Walton at Circle of Blue:
On January 8, more than a year after the mayor asked industrial users to conserve water, the Carlsbad, New Mexico city council is weighing an economic tool to rein in water demand. The council will vote on a proposal to triple the water rate for oil and gas customers, thus creating some of the most expensive municipal water in the United States.
I commend the article in full (and if you follow water, as I do, bookmarking Circle of Blue is a good move).