In the course of representing rural water companies in Texas, I am always on the lookout for new resources and educational materials to help me expand my understanding of the challenges that water companies, and especially rural water companies in Texas, face each day. The American Water Works Association has just published a new book that looks like a fascinating addition to the library of any lawyer representing water companies. It’s called “The Business of Water”, and it’s edited by Steve Maxwell, Managing Director of TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group in Boulder, Colorado.The advance press on this book indicates that it deals with some of the paradoxes that water companies face. For example, water is essential to life and thus incredibly valuable, yet drinking water costs us a fraction of a cent out of our tap. Another paradox is that many of us purchase bottled water that costs thousands of times as much as tap water, yet almost everyone screams if our monthly water bill goes up. Finally, the book notes that water companies must sell water in order to stay in business, yet are often in the position of asking their customers to conserve and use less water!
The book deals with water costs, strategic planning for water companies, government regulation and many other timely topics. I have ordered my copy and will report back to you after I have read it. It certainly appears to be a valuable addition to any water lawyer’s library. The price is $45.00 for AWWA members and $68.00 for nonmembers.