Water rates rising for fifth time in five years. Will it ever end?
The board controlling the Water Authority is appointed rather than elected by the public. They answer to politicians. Therefore, decisions are likely to advance the local (read County) political agenda (formerly New Hartford expansion, now Nano Utica/Marcy, but always crony favoritism) rather than the interests of the consumers. Take a look at the rate structure . . . it heavily favors the high volume industrial users rather than the typical stay-at-home consumer, yet the cost to treat each gallon of water is the same for all.
The board also depends upon Water Authority
officials for their information -- officials whose expertise is limited.
Since the paying-public has already lost control of the system, perhaps now is the time to consider selling the water system to a large waterworks corporation such
as American Waterworks or Aqua America. These corporations serve many
regions rather than one, have developed an expertise that cannot be
matched by our local utility, and, most importantly, would be answerable to the NYS Public Services Commission when they try to increase local water rates.
Will you ever see persons that think this way appointed to the board?