World Trade Rules as a Check on Domestic Water Subsidies

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There are competing demands for ftesh water. Farms look to it as an irrigation source, cities rely on it for drinking water, and fisheries and fishermen depend on it for instream flow. When the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) subsidizes the costs of providing ftesh water for irrigation in agricultural production such subsidization can result in tiered water pricing. With tiered pricing, agricultural producers pay the government less than other water users. This tiered pricing can distort the water marketplace in a manner that can encourage wasteful irrigation practices and that can leave insufficient water instream for fisheries.


The ABA does not give permission to post articles from their publications. This article was published in the Water Resources Committee newsletter (Feb. 2015), pp. 3-7.

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