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No Good Citizen Goes Unpunished

Hats off to North Carolina residents, who, for almost a year now, have cut their water consumption by a third in response to a record drought.

Now, the residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County are getting a hefty reward for their sacrifice: they’ll be paying more for their water.

Perhaps ticked-off residents shouldn’t be surprised: less spending on water has left Charlotte with a projected $29 million shortfall over this year and next. Utilities officials say they must raise rates to make up for the losses.

Has Joe Citizen shot himself in the foot?

(Hat tip: Kip Robinson)