As we move closer to having a recommendation from the Water Advisory Committee regarding the proposed water surface project, one theme rings loud and clear, water bills will hurt, no matter what. The options are many and the cost estimates are exorbitant. Which ever option the committee chooses, it’s going to greatly affect ratepayers. One proposal has Davis and Woodland jointly paying to have water siphoned from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it into both communities. The next two options would delay the city of Davis participation with Woodland until 2020. The second proposal would have Davis delay financing, but participate immediately. I bet that option goes over well with Woodland residents.
The last and least expensive option for Davis residents is the West Sacramento alternative where Davis would buy into West Sacramento’s existing intake facility on the Sacramento River and pay to pipe treated water into Davis, all for an astounding $142 million. Not being sly, but I suggest installing a water filtration system into every Davis residence for half the cost. This would also include the yearly service fees that are recommended for each filtration system. See how quickly issues can be resolved with logical thinking. As I have stated before, each of these proposed options would affect residents on fixed incomes. With the economy swirling, this is not an optimum time to increase rates of any sort.
Davis ratepayers are billed bi-monthly for water, sewer and garbage fees. The city intends to switch to a monthly schedule beginning in the spring of 2013. Each of the projected water projects are estimates only and that is certainly a frightening proposition based on the likelihood the true cost could exceed the initial estimate. It’s a proven fact that Davis water is hard, but it’s also a proven fact that Davis is one of the healthiest communities in the nation. There’s been no known illnesses from drinking our well supplied water. The Davis City Council will soon make a recommendation on which project will be placed on the 2013 ballot. Thankfully, the citizens of Davis will then make the final decision if the reward is worth the risk. Democracy at work. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.