When was the last time you thought you might not have access to safe drinking water?
For some Californians, the thought is a daily reality as municipals dispute a possible merge in effort to keep the supply of water up and the cost of water down.
This was logical, as it is for many low-income county subdivisions that sit on the fringes of bigger towns in the San Joaquin Valley. When one water system merges into another, more people pay to a single entity. That should mean the cost of water is lower for customers, and that there’s more revenue to maintain infrastructure. Managerial and technical headaches are eliminated for the smaller community. Risk of contamination is lowered.
How long will smaller communities have to wait for safe drinking water?