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Old 06-26-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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I read an article that with the ban temporarily being lifted since the water main was fixed but that tough restrictions may be enforced later.

Why wait till it gets bad and just impose permanent restrictions now? Offer incentives on water saving plants/lawns etc? What do you all think?
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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They need people to waste water so that they can meet county/city budgets that have been planned
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:51 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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They need people to waste water so that they can meet county/city budgets that have been planned
BINGO!!! I was just getting ready to post . . . this water situation is a double-edged sword. When we cut back on use, municipalities do not generate anticipated budget revenue. So what happens? Rates go up. The city does not really want you to conserve unless they are in a dire situation w/ water shortages. GO FIGURE.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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Why wait till it gets bad and just impose permanent restrictions now? Offer incentives on water saving plants/lawns etc? What do you all think?
Water revenue! How many times have you seen water systems implement restrictions, then justify rate increases due to the lower revenue due to people actually conserving water.

So using 'risk management' they want water use to remain up so the revenue is up, and "if" the drought continues, then they will deal with low water supply when it is critical.
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Water revenue! How many times have you seen water systems implement restrictions, then justify rate increases due to the lower revenue due to people actually conserving water.

So using 'risk management' they want water use to remain up so the revenue is up, and "if" the drought continues, then they will deal with low water supply when it is critical.
Yep. I was stunned when I realized what was going on. I just couldn't believe it. Here I followed the rules to the letter of the law, and lost so many plants, bushes, and my whole back lawn, wh/ has eroded b/c of no grass (I have attempted to grow seed twice now - in the Fall and this Spring).

So I lost hundreds of dollars of plants (foundation plantings - yew, boxwoods) and lawn . . . all b/c I did what I was told and quit watering. Pretty discouraging. Then my water bill goes up. STUNNING!!!!
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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It's a non profit so they need to recoup their costs. They aren't making United Way Wages over there either.

Though we may not be happy with it, I would rather them raise the rates and still provide great service. Water rates in the Charlotte are very cheap compared with other places I have lived. I'd pay 5 to 10% more if need and hopefully we keep water usage lower.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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My water is expensive in York Cty so we don't use much. CMUD should have raised prices when restrictions went into effect. Also, they should fix all the leaks in the system since it is old and has many.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Play on words game--

Government : Inefficient

Privatized : Efficient

And in case some of you are having trouble with who to vote for this November, take this food for thought: If the government can't manage something like water use, how can you possibly expect it to run health care? Yes, this water issue is local, but just another example in a LONG list of why government should stick to its basic constraints. The more fingers government has on things, the more we're gonna be in big trouble.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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Play on words game--

Government : Inefficient

Privatized : Efficient

And in case some of you are having trouble with who to vote for this November, take this food for thought: If the government can't manage something like water use, how can you possibly expect it to run health care? Yes, this water issue is local, but just another example in a LONG list of why government should stick to its basic constraints. The more fingers government has on things, the more we're gonna be in big trouble.
I agree with that sentiment somewhat, however, if the water went private, you know they would have to tack on 10% for profit.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I tend to think of government = waste. My experience has been - take it away from the government and bureaucrats, waste goes down . . . profit goes up . . . no hike in cost. But that has been more on the healthcare side. There is so much waste in Medicare, Medicaid . . . anything gov't workers get involved in . . . moves slow, lots of waste, turns into a big lumbering inefficient bulwark of institutionalized employees, LOL. Anyway, that is my experience.
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