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Voice: Can't fight the EPA, can fight at the local level

April 05, 2001

The Environmental Protection Agency stated it would fund Brawley's wastewater facility if the city would install water meters. Their study showed we used water above the national average. They failed to take into consideration that we live in the hottest, lowest and driest desert in the county.

When the EPA waived the carrot, our City Council went for it without checking the math. It will cost millions to install the meters. I suggest the city could bypass the EPA and build the plant to specs. It would be better for the people to pay the cost than to dip into EPA pockets because there are too many strings.

This is a one-time cost, but the meter-use rate will do nothing but rise forever. That is assuming all the water isn't transferred to L.A. and San Diego.

Whatever you think about it, I guarantee you will be paying for it forever, so get your pocketbook out. You can't fight the EPA because they will break you financially, but the city has council elections.

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JERRY TAYLOR

Brawley

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