Live by the flow, die by the flow
It certainly is an appealing idea for us. Though I suspect some of it is a kind of anticipated schadenfreude from those in the water-rich but growth-poor regions which have for some time looked askance at the nearly unmitigated growth in places which seems to be completely unsustainable. Not just the obvious that which should be desert Phoenix, but even places like Atlanta face ever larger water shortages as they continue growing. I can't explain Phoenix's water-less story, but places like Atlanta have a different problem. They face real water problems it is true, but if they were to just curtail water intensive cotton farming in nearby parts of Georgia their problem would largely fade for now. At some point sheer economics will address their situation.
Lest anyone think our water advantage, if there is an advantage that is, is free and clear.... Remember it's our water problems that may be our biggest economic speed bump in the near term. Without massive investment in our sewer infrastructure there is an ongoing threat the EPA will directly curtail new development in the region. Our lock and dam infrastructure is dangerously antiquated and needs a massive amount of money to just remain viable. The sheer costs of the minimal fee increases our water infrastructure will be imposing on us in coming years will be a drag in and of themselves for years to come. Watch your water and sewer bills.. Isn't PWSA looking at a rate increase right now? They will not be alone and it won't be the last.