Editor: The Delta Democrats have passed a resolution chastising the Diablo Water District for its plan to increase rates to residential water customers.

The points covered in this resolution are as follows: the failure of the district to adequately apprehend and prosecute water theft from large-scale users; gifting of lower rates to the largest consumers and those who waste water, i.e. developers and large scale commercial users; the fact that it has used less than 6% of designated funds for assisting low income, senior and disabled persons with their water bills, despite a high proportion of late fees being collected, thereby indicating a much greater need.

The Delta Dems urge the district to not raise its rates on households; to support a restructuring of its rate tiers, to encourage conservation by rewarding it with lower bills; to institute a fair and equitable discount program for low income, seniors and the disabled; to increase vigilance and prosecution of water theft; and to cease the subsidizing of large-scale water users and wasters by residential customers.

This is the essence of the resolution.

Liz Elias

Vice Chair, Delta Democrats

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