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The Cost of Water
Sharon withdraws close to half a billion gallons of water annually from its six municipal drinking water wells. That's about one-third of the volume of Lake Massapoag.

Withdrawing that much water has consequences in terms of cost, drinking water quality, fire-fighting readiness, local environmental health, and greenhouse gas emissions. These consequences become most acute in summer when water resources are naturally low, and daily well pumping can more than double.

This illustrated presentation, entitled "The Cost of Water," explores these consequences, and provides context for evaluating the controversy over Sharon's water rates. Should everyone pay for water at the same rate regardless of how much they use, or should the current conservation-oriented water rates continue?
Paul Lauenstein