And I got to wondering: Isn't this what tax money is for? I personally stuffed more than $3,000 in the city and state coffers this year, not counting the sales tax I pay on crap almost every day, and I'd like more of that to be spent on water for everybody. It's a collective resource, a shared need, every bit as much as the roads we take for granted. We don't expect everyone to pay to upkeep the asphalt on the specific roads they drive—we see roads as meeting a collective need that all should be able to access (though even there we've started building roads for people with the money to pay a special toll, but that's a different story). Water is necessary for life—do I really want to live in a world where if my neighbor can't pay for it, she's shit out of luck? Really? If we aren't paying taxes for this basic service, what the fuck are we paying them for?