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Governor Brown's call to conserve water

Here in the Temecula Valley, those who conserve water are penalized by the Water Districts and charged 2-4 times more per unit of water than those who waste water.  If the Governor really wants to save water, then the way water is priced should be his top priority.  Fixed charges like debt servicing, sewers and property taxes should be eliminated.  Instead the unit price of water should be raised to include these fixed charges.

The people who are wasting large amounts of water can either afford it or they do not care to conserve.  How does a volume discount benefit the general populace and promote water conservation?  The real solution to the water shortage must include a way to motivate wasters to conserve.

The current method of pricing water penalizes those who can least afford it.


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Linda Loughner February 08, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Yes! Governor Brown must address this issue. Our household does conserve water. Our average actual water usage over the past year is $8.33 per month (includes summer months) but my water bill has been as high as $82 for one month. To conserve more I guess I need to stop bathing and washing clothing so that we can continue to use water for cooking!!!!!
Marilyn Hahn February 08, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Mr. VanderHeide is correct, and this situation needs to be rectified. California's water situation is critical, and the State need not punish those who conserve, and reward those who do not. Help!!!
Alek J Hidell February 08, 2014 at 08:09 PM
There is no federal subsidy for water utility as there is for gas and electricity.....I agree that the rates are arbitrary and bogus. But in a few years they will just shut the taps off, and those who have a gravity fed water tank will have a month for the emergency to settle. nearly all the houses in Mexico have them.
Alfred Theurich February 09, 2014 at 01:41 AM
It's hard to get behind the conserve water movement when the cost of water in our bill is the least expensive item. The major cost for our water is the &*#@ sewer and the meter charge. If we used no water at all, the bill would still be over $60/mo. Outrageous! Our local water boards need state supervision!!!
SA February 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Brown is such a clown…
Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Douglas, you said, "The current method of pricing water penalizes those who can least afford it." That may be the case, but you didn't include enough details for me to agree with you. Like Alfred said, the water portion is the smallest part of the bill. I don't find having to pay less than an hour's wage, for a months worth of water, as anything to complain about. I guess I should be happy to be in W'mar if it's as bad in T-Val as you say it is.
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Brown is the most powerful man in California SA.........THAT MAKES YOU THE CLOWN.
B-Cat February 09, 2014 at 01:43 PM
If the water didnt smell and taste like clorox it might be worth it.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Jeff- I thought that was your claim to fame-the most powerful man in california- indeed.
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 08:11 PM
What's your point Steve, back to personal attacks?
Steve Newman February 10, 2014 at 03:13 PM
No Jeff- when I am back to personal attacks- you will know it.


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