Our water situation on the Monterey Peninsula continues to be unresolved and costly. We now have the most expensive water in the country according to Food & Water Watch and water bills continue to rise! Many people have seen their bills double or triple since Cal Am revised its rate structure and pricing in March 2017.
We need new water sources in order to stop over pumping the Carmel River. Cal Am was ordered to stop illegally over pumping the river 22 years ago, but they have not done so. Their desal plant is still years away, if it can be built at all.
PWN advocates public ownership of our water supply system. Private for-profit water systems, like Cal Am, raise the cost of our water and take decisions out of our hands.
In November 2018 voters will have the chance to pass PWN’s new ballot initiative which asks voters if the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) should pursue a public buyout of Cal Am’s Monterey Peninsula system. If the initiative is passed by the voters, MPWMD must do a feasibility study within 9 months and if it is found feasible and in the public interest, they must proceed to purchase Cal Am’s local assets.Sign up
Today 87% of the water systems in this country are publicly owner for good reason. The cost of water from a public provider runs, on average 30% less, than the cost from a private water provider like Cal Am. The number of those in our community favoring public ownership is growing quickly as people begin to understand the benefits.
PWN volunteers do research, write reports, speak at public meetings, circulate petitions, campaign for candidates, inform the public of Cal Am’s actions, work with social media and represent ratepayer issues at CPUC and other public agencies. If you’d like to help, have a look at the ways you can volunteer here.
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