SPEAK OUT TO PROTECT YOUR WATER & TO SAY NO TO $54.5 MILLION BAILOUT FOR SUEZ/UNITED WATER!
There is still time for you to submit your written comment on Suez/United Water’s request for $54.5 million to pay for its failed desalination project and its future plans.
Tell the Public Service Commission that Rockland supports conservation and repair of leaks. But we strongly oppose getting stuck paying tens of millions for corporate waste.
You helped defeat Suez Water’s wasteful and expensive desalination plant. Now your voice is needed again to protect that victory and your wallet from increased water bills to bail out the water company’s failed plant.
WHY DID SO MANY ROCKLAND RESIDENTS OPPOSE THE DESAL PROPOSAL?
Besides extremely high costs, opponents of the desal plan were concerned about harm to irreplaceable habitat, and about drinking water drawn 3.5 miles downstream from Indian Point nuclear power plant, which would have contained trace amounts of radioactive byproducts.
THE DESALINATION SURCHARGE
Now the company is proposing to charge Rockland $54.5 million for their failed project. The company proposes to make a profit on a project that was unsafe and unnecessary.
If approved, with interest, we will pay a breathtaking $100 million over 20 years, for a project that was never built. The costs of the desalination surcharge make up over 55% of the proposed rate increase.
AMONG THE HIGHEST WATER RATES IN THE COUNTRY AND HEADING STILL HIGHER
Rockland already pays among the highest water rates in the country. The proposed rate increase will average 13.7%. However, the average single family homeowner will be charged an increase of 18.7% for one year alone.
On top of this first increase, the company is proposing an expedited set of increases which will more than double the first increase. That means increases of over 37% for the single family homeowner, over half of it with a highly shortened review process.
SUEZ PLANS FOR CONSERVATION & REPAIR OF LEAKS NEED TO BE STRONGER
In response to the Rockland public’s strong call for conservation and repair of leaks, culminating in a PSC directive, Suez now proposes a conservation plan, new plans to reduce leaking pipes, and a new conservation rate structure to discourage waste of water.
While these plans are a step in the right direction, Suez plans meet only the minimum ordered by the PSC. Rockland needs a stronger conservation plan from Suez, an accelerated repair of leaking pipes, and stronger, more proactive plans to protect water quality for existing resources.
While Suez application proposes improving their maintenance to reduce leaks, even their new goals are still not up to the average industry standards.
The company proposes conservation rates to discourage waste of water. The Rockland Water Coalition strongly supports conservation rates, but we are currently reviewing the specifics of the Suez plans to ensure that they are equitable and affordable.
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