Wouldn’t it be nice to have a clear visual representation of the different per capita water use rates in Florida? Maybe akin to the new Pacific Institute “Interactive Map” based on data from the California State Water Resources Control Board?
It would allow quick and accurate comparisons between different utility service areas. This information system would create strong incentives for utilities with higher rates to become more efficient. The public would be better served and better able to influence water policy.
I doubt that that we can count on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to require adequate data collection for this purpose or to produce this informative product. If it were wanted, the detailed per capita work already being performed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District could serve as a foundation for improvement.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. We need a “Gulf of Mexico/Florida Bay/Atlantic Ocean Institute(?)” inspired by the work of the Pacific Institute and other independent organizations.