There are a lot of water agencies in Orange County, and there are layers of agencies. Some cities have multiple local agencies, and then there are the regional agencies. Contacting all the decision makers responsible for your water rates isn't easy.
When you sign onto our petition, we will send a message to every one of the decision makers at your local water agency and at your three regional agencies, MWDOC, MWD, and OCWD. We will include elected officials, commissioners and staff members involved in the decisions.
We will also keep you informed about what's happening in your city so you can make your voice heard.
As ratepayers in your district, we are asking that you:
- Keep us informed about whether our agency will be negotiating with Poseidon for purchase of expensive desalinated water. Not only do we want to know how much that water will ultimately add to our water bills, but we also want to know ALL of the assumptions behind how that calculation is made. No hiding behind confidentiality agreements!
- No "Take or Pay" Deals with Poseidon. We don't want to be stuck paying for water we don't need. We don't want to pay back bonds for a water factory that sits idle because it's too expensive to operate.
- No Public Subsidies for Private Profits. We don't want public agencies to provide subsidies for Poseidon water that are really just added back into our water bill by increasing the cost of imported water or groundwater. We don't want you to agree to clauses that could lead to a public bail-out if this private operation isn't making it.
- Look at Other Choices First. Major reports that have studied all of the costs of desalinated water have concluded that this is the last option we should try, after we have already invested in all of the less expensive alternatives including further expansion of our storage facilities, expansion of the Groundwater Replenishment System and market-based programs to reward conservation.