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Water as a Commodity

Volume 3 Number 2 March/April 2004

Ongoing drought and a rapidly growing population in the naturally dry climate of the Southwest have created a high demand for scarce water. With this increased demand for a limited resource comes a need to understand the economics of water, not just the science of it. Water has traditionally been treated as a public good, but in areas where it is increasingly scarce, it is becoming a tradable commodity through the development of water markets. In this issue’s feature articles, we look at when, where, and why water may be a commodity, and how water markets work.

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