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Say 'no' to the increase

Posted: May 15, 2010 1:12 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Santa Clarita City Council can either fix an “oops” or let it slide, costing taxpayers $100 per year (far more for businesses) for a big boondoggle.   

Two of our City Council members make up the majority on the Sanitation District board, and they should be ashamed of their handling of the chloride issue (“District looks at sewage rate hike,” May 9).

First, no less than the head of the sanitation district’s financial-management department goofs when quoted as saying the costly changes are necessary to meet “state-mandated levels.”

It is not a state or federal mandate. Chloride levels were set artificially low, in a ridiculous decision by the local Regional Water Quality Control Board that should be challenged.  

Other improper RWQCB decisions, like trash limits, were successfully fought and this one should be, too.

Secondly, the “plan” that the sanitation districts want is for a water-treatment plant that will cost us more than our share of fixing the entire State Water Project. The multimillion-dollar plant will be useless when the State Water Project fix is done.  

Another alternative would be to spend the money on recycling the water for ratepayers’ benefit, avoiding the discharge issue altogether.

The article continues the lie that “the chloride can kill crops downstream.” One article in a literature review said levels higher than the limits set might have some impact on avocados and that further review was needed.  

Citrus, strawberry, nursery crops — the results were all inconclusive.   

Why do both reporters and public agencies insist on spreading unsubstantiated taglines and confusing the public?

If catchphrases are needed, here’s one with far more merit:

“Say no to the rate increase.”

The Sanitation District is wrong about the chloride issue and has no qualms about wasting taxpayer dollars.

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