Response to John Hawk, "Voice of the People" on April 30:
First point: Mr. Hawk, you are right. The Imperial Irrigation District has the second-lowest rates in California (quite a feat in today's energy crisis). But having the lowest rates is even a better achievement and it can be accomplished by the power department not subsidizing millions of dollars to the water department. This savings can be used to lower power bills. (As power and water users, let's do the best for all.)
Second point: Yes, Mr. Hawk, the hydro plants generate clean, cheap electricity that helps keep the power rates low, but is not a significant amount. The hydro plants generate roughly a third of the power needed for the Valley, and the hydro plants run very little in the winter months. So why the falling water charge? "Just because" don't cut it.
Third: Mr. Hawk, you are right. The IID power department does enjoy many advantages operating under the state water code. That's one reason the power rates are low. You seem to imply that because of this it is OK to stick it to power rate-payers and charge more for the power to keep water rates low.