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Save money with Measure S

Posted: October 26, 2008 6:25 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.

When you vote, remember one of the most important local votes, Measure S. This will mandate removal of the "old-style" water softeners and will help homeowners and businesses avoid huge costs. Only about 10 percent of homes have not taken the rebates and keep the old softeners. Yet unless we remove these chloride pollution sources, we could be forced to install a "brine line" to the ocean. That is estimated to cost every home $500 more and an average business $2,000 more on the sewer portion of the property tax bills. This fee would be annual, and would apply even if they didn't use the "bad" softeners.

There are many alternatives to the old-style automatic softeners that dump their salt. The rebates have been increased so the few holdouts with these old kinds can get paid fairly. Failure to correct this problem will necessitate massive and costly treatment plants to be built, and that cost will be passed on to homeowners and businesses. So many people are aware of the need to protect our river and our water resources, but we need to seal the deal. Let's get the last few softeners changed out so we both help the environment and prevent unnecessary costs to everyone.

For more on the chloride problem, rebates, and alternatives go to To save yourself hundreds of dollars a year while helping the environment, vote yes on S!


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