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.
On November 6th, voters will have the chance to pass Measure J which asks voters if the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) should pursue a public buyout of Cal Am’s Monterey Peninsula system. If Measure J 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.
Today 87% of U.S. consumers get their water from publicly owned systems for good reason. On average, the cost for privately owned water runs 59% higher than publicly owned water across the country. To put the actual cost of our water in perspective, the average cost of publicly owned water across the country is $315 a year for 60,000 gallons, while the average cost of privately owned water is $500 a year. But here on the Peninsula our cost is now $1202 a year!
The number of those in our community favoring public ownership is growing quickly as people begin to understand the benefits.
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