james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Oct 8, 2012
DON'T WASTE WATER ! we are told over and
over agani by public officials.
Yet they raise our rates when we use less!
This contradcition led me to examine the figures:

Fact is; we are forced to pay at least $246 per year
even if we use less than 12.5 gallons per day.
Bur our neighbor may use 350 times as much
and pay just 5 times as much for it.
Costs us $40 for 1,000 gallons.
Costs them ten cents for this much.

Should we worry about conserving water so that those
folks will have plenty for their landscapes and pools?

Our officials abuse their powers to extort $250 million from
us yearly just for the privilege of having a water hookup. Yet
they allow many folks to pay just ten cents per 1,000 gallons.
We would not need to import water if this was corrected.
(More than 1.1 trillion gallons falls on our county yearly, enough
for five times its population. But officials would lose their job
security and fine perks if they stored it as State Law instructs.)

Of course these folks waste far more water than we use,
$100 per month means very little to them.

Does this sound impossible?
You do the math.
The grotsquely unfair rate structure is cleverly disguised
but if you are handy with a calculator you can figure it out.

Base fee $246 yearly.

First 14 HCF used are billed at $3.612 per HCF [748 gallons]
Second 14 HCF used are billed at $3.917 per HCF.
Each HCF used after the initial 28 HCF is billed at $4.398 per HCF

I'll expand on this theme to illuminate games played by
Professional Engineers whose primary concern is perpetuating
their feather beds in our deeply entrenched bureaucracy.
I welcome their critique. Of course I may be really poor
at arithmetic, perhaps delusional, certainly old.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Dec 1, 2012
A water district employee suggested today that Poseidon's senior vice president MacLaggan has breathed a sigh of relief because his phony prediction that desal water would cost only $750 per home has been forgotten, the new price of $1.150 accepted. Plus he's now empowered to sic lawyers and junk-yard dawgs on citizens who speak out objecting to providing low-salt water to save the lawns of wealthy folks. I sure hope he doesn't take offense again, restoring virused computers is a bother.
She said replacing bluegrass lawns every few years due to the high salt content of Colorado River water is very expensive so I asked why they don't just install Astroturf. Her reply was that genuine Merion is a source of pride for owners of fine estates. A desal plant paid for by the million plus water customers who don't have fine lawns will save that expense and guarantee plenty of the cleaner water during droughts.
I asked if officials could and would divert that cleaner water to areas that have expensive homes but she declined to answer, saying the "Keep 'La Jolla Green" club can get pretty nasty if they suspect that ordinary public servants are talking too much.
She also said that more than half the total water supply goes to landscapes but obviously not to people who can't afford $100+ a month. We see more brown than green lawns where ordinary people live. the new "Ghetto" look.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Dec 6, 2012
It has become obvious that the top dogs in our water agencies are more concerned about pleasing fooled or corrupted politicians than they are with doing the job assigned by the California Legislature.(...guide ALL OR ANY STORMWATERS into soils of their District.)

Many tens of thousands of acres in San Diego county lie above shallow aquifers that can store a million gallons per acre in each 35 feet of soil depth. But San Diego planners have not put together rainwater management plans that would guide one gallon in ten of our rainwater into the soil to keep wells full so that, like Fresno, we never have a shortage even in the worst of droughts.

Surely it's not possible that the people we elect hired semi-competent Chief Engineers to manage our public works agencies! Perhaps the problem is that our slopes and soils are so totally unique that outside experts just don't understand why the standard rainwater storage ordered by the Legislature might not work.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 Feb 1, 2013
A high school student sent the following comparison of water bills for two homes, asking why her 'water wise' grandmother has to pay 7 times as much per gallon as someone who uses 34 times as much. She thinks the "poor" are paying most of the cost of water for the "rich".(Who do, in fact, use more than half the total water supply to maintain landscapes.)

Her grandma's 2-month bill for 25 gallons daily had a $38.66 "base fee" plus $7.22 for 2 HCF used:=$45.66 for 1,500 gallons,---$3.10 per 100 gal.

She compared this to a 2-month bill for a home that used 842 gallons daily. It too had a $38.66 "base fee", plus $295 for 67 HCF used =$334 for 50,500 gallons,--- 66 cents per 100 gal.

Both homes are in areas that paid off the cost of their pipes long ago so the
"base Fee" seems invented to force low-users into paying inequitable rates.

San Diego City Council member Lightner recognized a need for changing the rate structure but if it as bad as this calculation indicates then the rest of the Council is either stupid or "ethically deficient"; A change is long overdue.

Are these figures correct? Is the base fee system unfair?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#5 Oct 5, 2013
Our "Tiered" water rate is fair according to the San Diego City website, because it rises as customers use more. But a city employee said this is
an illusion and compared the rates as follows.

-- 2-month rate posted on the SD website - cost per HCF (748 gallons):

1 st 14 HCF billed at $ 3.61 -- 10,472 gallons costs $ 50
2nd 14 HCF billed at $ 3.92 -- 10,472 gallons costs $ 55
Each HCF after costs $ 4.40, with no limit

- This seems fair, but when we add all charges
the actual water cost for San Diego homes is:

25 gallons daily - costs $ 275 per year, a rate of $3.01 per 100 gallons.
165 gallons daily - costs $ 561 per year, a rate of $.94 per 100 gallons
2776 gallons daily - costs $6000 per year, a rate of $.60 per 100 gallons

This phony 'tiered system' rewards people for using more water. That has guaranteed generous salaries/pensions for the senior managers who contrived the illusion that "rich people pay more".

Meanwhile our public works managers defy State law by deliberately wasting 900 billion gallons of rainwater yearly so that their water district colleagues can justify importing 170 billoion gallons of river water. This will cost all customers an increase of more than $60 monthly within the next few years.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#6 Apr 24, 2014
Why are we forced to pay extortion rates for filthy imported water
when 22 times as much as our' households use is thrown away
by our public works bureaucrats?

Simply because we don't communicate with each other on public
forums so that we become smart voters who recognize good
candidates that won't sell out or be fooled by water profiteers.

All it would take to have plenty of pure, cheap water no matter what
the weather does is for us to inform each other and our neighbors
properly so that we see we can save several thousand dollars a
year per family in taxes and utility bills if we vote smart.

Then we won't elect fools and liars who do as they are told so that
they can enjoy fame and fortune that water profiteers provide them.
Alan Dickey

Pahoa, HI

#7 May 14, 2014
Do it

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