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Posted: May 30, 2010 11:53 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Once again, Santa Clarita residents and businesses are being asked to pay the price for a lack of imagination by county, state and local water and sanitation leaders.

The high levels of chloride (salt) in Santa Clarita’s water are not the result of anything done in Santa Clarita.

The high levels of chloride that leave the Santa Clarita Valley via our water sewage system originated up north, where 50 percent of Santa Clarita’s water comes from.

The ingredient in Santa Clarita’s own groundwater is not at issue here; it’s the State Water Project water that carries the high level of chloride.

Calls by the Los Angeles County Sanitation District to solve the problem on the backs of ratepayers in a manner that ignores the origins of the excess chloride is a perversion of policy and justice that has become the hallmark of water and water treatment leadership in California.

Chloride levels and the punishment that has been exacted upon Santa Clarita ratepayers is one of several reasons that I have decided to run for my local water board, Castaic Lake Water Agency Division 1 (those who buy water from Santa Clarita Water Division).

There are numerous ways that chloride levels can be reduced and even some strong science that suggests that the worst way to control those levels is at the point of delivery, which is what is being proposed.

Hopefully, the numerous public hearings that will be held on the matter will help our leaders see that this matter has not been fully thought out and requires alternatives.


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