Water district considering increase for customers

Apr 17, 2011 Full story: Press-Enterprise 9

The average 1-acre household served by the Rancho California Water District will see its annual bill go up under a budget proposed by district staff.

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tenny23

United States

#1 Apr 18, 2011
I really hope everyone is fed up with the water districts "lets raise the rates" solutions...
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Dec 24, 2012
Twenty years ago the relatively new population of Temecula was too busy or too deficient in self-confidence ot perahaps just not collectively smart enough to demand what the Citizens for Responsible Watershed Management presented as a simple, government funded way to keep all wells full and prevent all flooding.

Because of their lack of support the comprehensive plan that would have saved all rainwater in compliance with the CA Water Code (it ordered officials "to guide all or any stormwaters into soils of the District") was killed off by their County Supervisor and Flood Control District Chief Engineer.

Within several years that Chief Engineer and the Supervisor were revealed to be corrupted agents of land developers whose huge windfall profits came from fooling and pressuring public officials into approving bonds for flood control facilities that dramatically magnified the value of their land by loading massive debt upon all households.

That scam is being resurrected by local folks who expect that the original scam has been forgotten or is no longer recognized,

The corrective action to prevent another $110 million-plus in debt is as near as the local Resource Conservation District's files. The feds would be happy to show local officials how to guide their rainwater underground to supply all water needs, eliminate justification for the flood control scam and end pollution of creeks that will cost billions to correct.
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Jan 1, 2013
Looks like none who browse this forum are much interested in finding out how they could have a surplus of pure water at much lower cost by correcting their Murrieta Creek flooding problem at around one-tenth the proposed cost.
PayMe

Temecula, CA

#4 Jan 1, 2013
We have to pay for the employees pay raises, free medical benifits and pensions somehow.
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#5 Jan 4, 2013
When all stormwater is guided into the huge reservoir under the Valley there will be no need to import water. That's why the 1945 Legislators created the Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation District and gave it all the powers needed to conserve this precious resource. And that means a lot fewer employees will be needed.

The fact that this planning will end flooding, so that the expensive Murrieta Creek "Flood Control" project will not be needed, is just a spin-off benefit.

The fact that this planning would end the need to prevent pollutionfrom the runoff of yards and streets is just another spin-off benefit that would save many tens of millions of dollars yearly.

And the fact that streams would once again run year-round from several hundred small ponds far upstream is yet another benefit, just as those ponds will be. Course its Federal planners who say all this and they certainly can't be trusted, can they?
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#6 Jan 5, 2013
Pay Me: You said "We have to pay for the employees pay raises, free medical benifits and pensions somehow."

Our politicians rejected federal offers in the early '90s to help us design our landscapes (with their funding) to retain enough of rainfall to meet our needs, so now we have to pay extortion to the criminals who steal water from federal sources and sell it to the State for MWD to import at huge unearned profit.

Instead of drinking pure, cool wellwater we swim and bathe in water carrying over 2000 complex chemical compounds of unknown toxicity, many of which can seep through our skin to create synergistic damage to our cells. Our epidemic levels of autism, asthma and cancer are fully explained by the importaion of Sacramento and Colorado river waters carrying sewage effluent from millions of homes, waste pharmaceuticals, hormones and heavy metals.

Meanwhile hundreds of billions of gallons of pure water lie unused beneath us.
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#7 Jan 17, 2013
The new City Council of Encinitas just hired a new public works Director. It may be that he is smart and honest enough to give them all the pure, cheap water they want by diverting their rainwater to storage instead of just dumping it downstream to the ocean.

Temecula residents are seeing their water bills escalate because they were asleep at the polling booths twenty years ago when they could have elected politicians smart and honest enough to adopt commonsense rainwater management methods. These would have prevented the water and public works departments from becoming so entrenched that they can dictate the actions of elected officials by feeding them false and misleading information while hiding sensible water management options.

Most likely there are enough smart people in Temecula-Murrieta to correct their absurd waste of much more rainwater than they need. But not likely these folks will bother to do what must be done to educate voters adequately.
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#8 Feb 13, 2013
The Rancho waterr district does a fine job of misrepresenting its rates so that customers become too confused to realize that those who use very little water are providing a large subsidy for thos who use a lot.

San Diego's water delivery managers have a more easily understood website, its inequitable rate structure can be recognized by adding its inflated "base cost" in with its charges based on water used. This shows that a homeowner using only 25 gallons a day must pay $3.10 per 100 gallons while another using 34 times as much pays just 66 cents per 100 gallons.

Rancho's computer calculator for bills is cute but a smart high school student could detect its deception in using an inflated "base cost" for existing facilities.

A legitimate pricing structure would of course charge according to how much is used, not how much has been used in the past or how much is "needed".
James Marple

San Diego, CA

#10 Apr 28, 2013
Why do so few of us demand that local politicians correct obvious flaws in management by our public servants? We suffer daily from traffic jams and exorbitant taxes, pay outrageous utility bills every month, and watch our precious rainwater being thrown away by storm drains every time it rains. Yet very few of us look at these problems closely enough to discover that they could be corrected quickly by politicians who have our support.

A neighbor concerned about her water and electricity costs read through our threads on this and other Topix locations and on the UT forum and asked what she could do to correct this "outrageous extortion of our wealth". We suggested networking with friends and neighbors to be better informed about the basics (because local TV and newspaper editors omit or distort critical facts and figures) and then putting together petitions so that politicians will discuss these matters publicly for a change. She replied that very few of her friends and neighbors would cooperate in this because of a "climate of fear" that City and County officials would invent code compliance problems for their homes or businesses, perhaps cause trouble affecting their job security or bank loans.

I mentioned this to several County and city employees and was assured these fears came from 'nasty rumors' or were 'false conventional wisdoms'.

So are these fears imagined? Have clever agents of the private sector been able to stifle public comment by spreading rumors of retribution by county inspectors or bosses for speaking out publicly? We prefer to not believe that many of us just don't care enough about the health, safety and welfare of family and community to exercise our right to speak out.

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