With so much going on this week it’s hard to pick one subject. While I’m sure Obamacare will be a hot topic I’d like to look in to another one. Your water. That’s right. Water.
Cal Water this week indicated they’d like to do a rate hike (as much as 40% in some areas)! What do we get for this increase? Better service? Cleaner water? No and no. Turns out our conservation efforts are working and people are using less water. What does that mean to our wet utility? They’re short on revenue so they need to um, raise rates.
I know, it is confusing. We are told: save water, conserve, there’s not enough to go around. So we all do our part. Turning off the water when brushing our teeth. Less water for the lawns. Wash the cars less, or better yet, pay more to have them washed where the water is recycled. Buy (more expensive) water efficient toilets, washers, showers, etc. Your reward? We’ve won!! We’re all saving water! There’s more of it now and since demand is down we will now raise your taxes (er, rates!).
This is not in the economics text books I read.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for conservation. Waste is waste. But to be penalized for conserving? The irony is killing me!
We may as well just have our water and drink it too!