Friday, July 27, 2007 | RE: “The Case of San Diego’s Vanishing Water.” How nifty. The city of San Diego: “… doesn’t bill customers for what (water) disappears.” Then, who pays for it? Does the supplier, the San Diego County Water Authority, eat the cost? I doubt it. In fact, San Diego city taxpayers foot the bill as increased overhead costs of running the government.
And, since there is no audit of such “invisible” phenomena, the taxpayers cannot know the extent of their supplier’s inefficiencies or their real costs. Such a cozy deal. Look for no evil, see none, hear none, etc. Water department woes disappear too.
Considering the frequency of astonishing revelations about San Diego’s flaky water supply system, one ought to be concerned, seriously concerned.
Water is a basic ingredient for life: No water, no life. Water in this region is going to get much more expensive and difficult to get as time passes and simple, proven, modern means of obtaining it are put off and prevented. (Tap into a leaky city pipeline. No one will notice.)
Maybe citizens will take up the cause for reliable water systems and reasonable water prices, municipal and otherwise, when their traditional wells run dry and the prices go out of sight.