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EID water/sewer rates

By From page A5 | June 24, 2013

EDITOR:

Am I the only one complaining about EID’s water/sewer rates? I am a single senior citizen living on a minimal income and struggling to stay in my home. I live in Cameron Park and I am watching this very green area turn brown for lack of water. I planted a vegetable garden for the past 30 years and cannot afford to do so this year.

It is cheaper for me to buy my vegetables at the grocery store than pay more to water them. After talking to family and friends living in this area, a water/sewer bill for a family of four is approximately $400 every two months.

There are many wealthy people living in El Dorado County who do not have a problem paying their bill but there are also many low-income families living here. It has been widely known for years that EID has been mismanaged, pays their employees exorbitant wages and benefits, and has not properly maintained the infrastructure of our water system. Now they claim they need the increase in water/sewer rates to make repairs to the system that should have been maintained years ago.

I would like to see EID implement a program for low-income families, such as the one PG&E has, so we don’t get priced out of living in this great county. I have a friend in Southern California who pays a fraction of the amount I pay for water/sewer and they get their water from us. I know this is a futile attempt to achieve help, as has been demonstrated in many EID meetings the public has attended, but I just want to express the concern of many El Dorado County residents.

DIANA TUCKER
Cameron Park

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