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RAGLM Board > Alerts > Water Tiered Rates Ruled Unconstitutional!
4/21/2015 2:34:29 PM
Tiered Rate, how it works.Reply: Nathan
So according to the news and these articles (as I have not read the actual ruling myself hence the reason I would love to have a lawyer in the community take a look), the tiered rate is not illegal or unconstitutional. The issue is when a water company basis your tiers on a previous or personal use budget and not simply the tiered cost of the water and to deliver it. I do know, and there is much documentation that Western does give you a budget based on a previous years use. Again, I am no lawyer but my understanding is that is the illegal part.

Any lawyers that can weigh in would be great.
4/21/2015 12:08:39 PM
Shortage of Water in California - Nothing to do with usersReply: Hugh
Yes, there is no question we have a shortage of water in California. However the shortage has been created by Gov. Brown and the current administration and even more so by conservation activists. Water due us has been redirected to others. You and me, the consumer are not the problem. Government and the conservation activists are the problem.

Cities use, on average, 10 times more water than all residents. Businesses us 6.4 times more than residents. They use the water to keep their lawns and parkways green.

God only knows how much water the California government uses. I would bet if they were to make the cutbacks they request from residents we would have no water shortage.
4/21/2015 9:17:49 AM
Illegal water charging feesReply: Cliff
Hi Nathan, if tiered water rates are unconstitutional, I believe that tiered billing for electricity should be the same. I have believed this for a very long period of time. Do you have any information on this subject? C. Johnston
4/21/2015 8:35:50 AM
Water Tiered Rates Ruled Unconstitutional!Post: Nathan
Saw this on the news this morning and started wondering who is going to sue Western first. If we have any attorney's in the community that want to get together to review this, I would love to assist and take a lead role getting ours revoked.

Read one article of many

Last RAGLM meeting the water district stated that according to Governor Browns new restrictions, we will have to reduce our usage by 35% from a study done in 2013. However according to Westerns own studies, we have conserved over 28% in our area already since the tier implementation in 2010. The period studied was from 2010 to 2013. So we have already exceeded Governor Browns plan in 2010 to reduce usage by 20% by 2020. According to the water districts own contingency plan, commercial is not subject to any tier structure or water restrictions until we hit an stage 4 alert then they simply ask them to conserve with no fines. All the while new development continues.

I do not know about all of you but I am tired of having no landscaping but dirt, saving all of my water bottles to pour on my plants, taking shorter showers etc. when we are the only ones doing so. Now they will 'ask' us to save another 35% so altogether since 2010 we will be reduced by 60%+ just so we can continue to develop more homes with no resources to supply them .I am all for conserving water and do more than most to conserve it, but it is so bad I can not save anymore.

The time to stand up is now people, if you are tired of your government continually taking from you, YOU need to stop it. Contact RAGLM, contact WMWD and let them know how you feel. Let's work together to end this ridiculous restriction of our most precious resource in California.
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