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Unfair EID increase

EDITOR:

EID has me fighting mad.

Mr. Prada was right. As are many others, I have already been living with water rationing since the automatic rate increases came into place several years ago. It’s an uphill battle. My April bill was still $2.50 higher than my January bill despite using 150 less units. This was due to the automatic 5 percent increase that took place at the first of the year. The drought crisis is secondary. I’m just trying to keep my bill as low as possible to fit into my budget.

I found a message on my answering machine that at the next board meeting of the EID another increase will be discussed. This will be an additional 16 percent because others are not complying with the requested 30 percent drop in water use due to the drought. This is not fair. Why do I get punished because others are not doing their part?

EID says something about not being able to pinpoint abusers because they don’t have enough meter readers so we all suffer the consequences. We are on meters. Figure something out. Surely this can be done with one of their computer programs.

Why shouldn’t those that are not complying and go into the higher tier use absorb the 16 percent penalty? Why should my bill be increased by 21 percent because I have been doing my part?

JOAN PELLEGRINI
Cameron Park

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