Saturday, November 28, 2015

Water Rates Going Up?

I've wrote here before about people in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties getting a bit peeved after scrimping and saving water for years only to see their water bills get higher rather than lower. The reason being, the utility's overhead remains the same, despite people using less water. 

I'm not so sure how that applies here since we have surplus water and we're already paying more since the mills out in Samoa that essentially subsidized our water bills closed down. I can't help but wonder if we'd still be paying $50.00 plus each month even if we shut off the water to the house completely. I guess I should call and ask.

Calwatchdog takes  a look at water rates going up around the state, focusing on Southern CA where rates have gone up despite residents working hard to reach conservation goals.  

Will more rain help end the drought and settle the situation? I'm not so sure, especially after reading something in (I believe) the Mad River Union a while back. Someone pointed out as I have that we have plenty of water and water not used just runs to the ocean. Someone else- I believe identified as in some capacity with The City of Arcate- replied we still had to conserve because providing water uses energy, specifically to pump the water.

I should have expected as much from a city that worships at the altar of hysterical environmentalism. Creative answer, though.


At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sold me, Fred. The quicker we can free ourselves from this yoke of governmental bureaucracy and turn our, and everyone else's, water distribution over to free market providers the quicker all our rates will come down. And there will be substantial profit for the fmp's, too, which is equally as important. Who wouldn't want to own a couple hundred shares of that?

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Water bills are not based on the cost of water, they are based on the cost of construction & maintainence of infrastructure. I realize you are not interested in facts but I don't mind sharing them.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the cost of all of the employees and their fantastic benefits.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were just out at the BLMs Ma-lel dunes and noticed the exposed water pipe has been reburied recently. We know this costs the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (us) about $12,000 each time they have to do this. They have had to do it about every three years since they have pulled the grass on the dunes. The same grass that was put in place originally to prevent this very problem.
So not only are we paying millions to dig out the grass we are paying tens of thousands of dollars due to the results of the digging.
By the way this is not a problem where the grass still holds the dunes together.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Water bills are not based on the cost of water, they are based on the cost of construction & maintainence of infrastructure."

I believe I already made that point, or something close to it.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being forced to pay for non elected NGO "councils" and other unwanted & unconstitutional orgs costs us more than just money.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

i'd suggest your elected representatives and councils cost you much more.


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