Politicizing water (April 27, 2017)

Now I’ve seen everything: A letter writer actually proposed Adelanto’s water system as a model that we should adopt in Apple Valley (Measure F, Daily Press, April 27, 2017).

For those not familiar with the situation in Adelanto, the water system is substandard. The water quality is substandard. The water testing process was found to have been substandard. Adelanto doesn’t have the money to maintain the system properly, and it certainly doesn’t have the money to fix or upgrade its system. Yet the Adelanto city council voted against raising water rates to address these issues (Adelanto again balks on water rate hikes, Daily Press, December 17, 2016).

Adelanto is headed in the direction of the water systems in Yermo and Flint, Michigan. This is what happens when you have politicians making decisions about your water system instead of water professionals.

Here’s a thought: If you want to be a customer of a water system such as the one in Adelanto, move to Adelanto, and leave the well-managed, well-maintained, well-funded system here in Apple Valley for those of us who appreciate a reliable supply of clean water, where our water company puts its customers first.

If anyone should be making a change, it should be Adelanto: They should sell their water system to Liberty Utilities. Not only would that would give them funds to address other issues, they would also be ensuring that residents of Adelanto have healthy water again.

A yes vote on Measure F means Adelanto, here we come. A no vote on Measure F keeps our water system out of the hands of greedy and spendthrift politicians who can’t even perform their current duties as promised.

Vote no on Measure F.

Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.