Monday, November 2, 2009

All Wet

Do we have to give our water away?

The City of Milwaukee is considering giving free water to businesses that locate in the City and create jobs.

We have a comparative advantage in water and lower water rates than most of the country. This means "water-intensive" industries locating in Milwaukee would pay cheaper rates than they would in alternate suburban or water-starved areas. This is already a cost-savings for business.

The "low-cost" option, reduced rates for a defined period of time (contingent upon job creation and retention over that period) may be understandable as an additional attraction incentive. But completely free water seems a bit much.

In this new era of water wars, a reduced rate, alone, should attract business.

Water is a finite resource. Lets not give it away.

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