Imagine you live in a traditional village which has shared water with
neighbouring villages, towns and cities for a century. This year was
nasty and the water board is still pumping out water because those
freak in the cities don’t see or ignore the lakes falling water level.
Five years pass and people in your village die because of water abuse
of your lake by others. The only step then remaining is fortifying the
water source and levying a larger charge for geting the water. This is
a possible situation we could be headed towards.
Unlike computers and electricity, mechanical pipes don’t lend
themselves to a very high transport efficiency. Precious water is lost
in every pipe bend, valve, leak and pumping losses. Transporting water
over large distances is not efficient.