A Bird in Hand: BWD's Imported Water Scam
Digger - January 22, 2010
The Borrego Water District has decided to abandon efforts to save the Borrego Valley aquifer in favor of importing water while completely ignoring critical questions of costs, who will pay them, and the future availability of water at any price.
In light of this, consider the following factoids:
- On the first of January 2010 residents of San Diego, which relies on imported water purchased from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, began paying 7.75% more for water than they were paying on the 31st of December 2009 after the sixth water rate increase since 2007;
- Such frequent increases are expected to continue and include a "double-digit jump" in January 2011 that may be as high as 20%, marking what the Chairman of the Metropolitan Water District's board calls "the end of cheap water;"
- A representative of California's Department of Water Resources cautions that California "must prepare now, conserve now and act now so that we have enough water for... 2010 and in the future." (San Diego Union Tribune 01/04/2010)
No one should confuse what the BWD is doing with responsible, intelligent planning for a predictable future of scarce and expensive water. It is just throwing "stuff" at a wall hoping something will stick.
See also: The Case for Saving the Aquifer vs. Importing Water