§ 27. Natural resources and the public estate.
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.
(May 18, 1971, P.L.769, J.R.3).
What is the cost of clean water? According to the Circle of Blue's annual report on water rates, between 2010 and 2017 a family of four using 150 gallons per day on average, increase nationally from $72 to $108 per month.
So, how do we pay for clean water? In the simplest of terms, there are three ways to pay for clean water:
- Consumptive use (i.e., drinking water)
- Productive use (e.g., anybody who uses the public domain of water to produce goods and/or services for profit), and
- Restorative use (i.e., wastewater treatment; pollution abatement and mitigation; source water protection).
We'd like to hear from you and your ideas and suggestions on how Pennsylvania should fund clean water sustainably for today, and future generations.