This week the LA times did in depth coverage of an issue which is plaguing Los angeles, but is symptomatic in many cities. Simply put water prices since 2006 have risen 75%. Ie a typical $40 bill is now $70. The startling part is that water utilities are asking for another 25-35% round of price hikes.
Similarly electric power prices have been rising significantly. Which has many normal Americans crying foul and demanding answers. This is a vital issue towards all people, as water is essential for life.
In many of the investigations surprising information has been exposed. startling many people is the fact that municipal water supplies have been increasing their wasteful expenditures in many areas. From public relations firms hired to promote a favorable opinion of the very same water utility to pay hikes, hiring consultants and many pet projects to cause a bloated and costly increases in costs.
It today’s world where many people are struggling to make ends meet, lose jobs or otherwise are under financial stress it is clear that utilities are not being financially responsible. It is our opinion that there needs to be accountability and shed a light on all expenditures to find out if any fraud or malfeasance is involved. The first step needed is an immediate review on current expenditures and to cut out all non-essential costs.
Then looking into the entire situation, clearly politicians need to learn that public utility means keeping costs responsible and cheap. Perhaps a great place to start in LA would be looking into water additives such as fake fluoride, which is really a toxic sludge of chemical by products from mining and is very hazardous to human health.
So let’s hope the light is on the issue and people start caring about essential services and the safety and affordability.
See this article at LATimes.com
Assemblyman Ricardo Lara seeks audit of water agencies – latimes.com.
There is even more indepth coverage of the crippling lack of investment in water infrastructure at NaturalNews.com This article reports on the warnings over a decade ago on needing to repair and upgrade infrastructure. which largely went unheeded and a decade later, more needs fixing and upgrades. But… how the heck will it be paid for?