Friday, July 16, 2010


Got my water bill today...yep, they finally turned on those dreaded water meters. You know, gotta keep them damn suburbanites from wasting our most precious resource, right? What? There's plenty of water? Not if you live in So Cal...c'mon, share and share alike, you know? No problem...

Besides, they're only complying with Assembly Bill 2572. The bill, passed by the California state legislature and signed by the governor back in 2004, requires "urban water suppliers" to install, on or after January 1, 2005, or within 10 years after becoming an "urban water supplier," to install and then by January 1, 2010, begin to charge each customer that has a service connection, based on (the) actual volume of deliveries, as measured by a water meter. What? Oh yes, of course, with "certain exceptions," exceptions to what, I'm not sure...

Suffice it to say, your (our) rates are going up. But then, we knew that. However, rest assured the "urban water supplier" offers various free services to help each customer identify water saving opportunities for homes and businesses. Why, we are even able to receive free water efficiency packs with water-saving showerheads, faucet aerators and garden spray nozzles; that is, if we're not already showering at work, brushing our teeth in leftover rainwater, and/or simply allowing our lawns to properly "brown."

"Boo hoo...stop crying!! My God, you're lucky to have a home...many folks don't, you know?" Eek, where are my manners? Why of course, Jack, you're right. It's a roll of the dice that I'm not living in a "VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER." Please, get a friggin' clue. Yes, it can ALWAYS be worse...HOWEVER, is this not a FREE COUNTRY? When you go from paying 20 or 30 dollars a month a few short years ago to, with one swipe of the governor's pen...about 60 or 70 bucks a month...well, imagine if EVERY BILL you receive generates that sort of rate increase?

"Well, THEY DON' shut the frick up!!" You're right...besides, if anyone has trouble paying their bill, there is always assistance from, trumpet sound, the government via the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) or the H20 Help to Others, Low-Income Assistance Program. Don't qualify? Too rich? Incorporate, hire an accountant and get out of your rate increase that way. Neither rich OR poor? Well, I guess you'll just have to run a hose from one of the many foreclosed homes in your neighborhood...

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