TRUST ME … I’M FOURTH GENERATION ARIZONA …An Arizona American Water official stressed his company’s local roots as he spoke before Mohave Valley Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday. The company is owned by American Water, which was founded in New Jersey in 1886. Today, it operates in states from coast to coast. Jeffrey Stuck, operations director for Eastern Arizona, said he’s a fourth generation Arizonan. Dave Evans, operations manager for the Bullhead City area, has lived in Bullhead City for 30 years, he said. The company has been operating in Arizona for 40 years and has 400,000 customers across the state. Locally, it operates a water system in Bullhead City, and both water and sewer in the Fort Mohave area.
THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE BIT … The utility has requested wastewater increases that would drive up the average bill from $49.65 to $89.10 per month. That affects approximately 1,250 customers. Company officials cite construction of a $3.9 million wastewater plant that doubled the system’s capacity as the reason for the rate increase request. American Water also is seeking an increase for their water customers in Bullhead City. If granted, the average monthly bill would rise from $17.44 to $24.50. In justifying the request, company officials say they have spent $2 million on replacing water mains and pipes, a power generator, well rehabilitation and pumping equipment. The utility’s expenditures increased 39 percent between 2005 and 2007 and it has a large payroll in Bullhead City, with 18 maintenance workers, according to officials. ….Friday June 26, 2009.. excerpt …By Neil Young/The Daily News ..Fort Mohave
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . YEA … an almost 80% increase in your monthly wastewater utility bill …hurts … and it’s one of those hurts that does not go away … it never heals … it only get worse…
Sorry, I don’t buy that American Water was NOT aware of the condition, age, size and makeup of infrastructure of these two Arizona communities. In fact, their spokesman bragged about being a 4th generation Arizona and local to that community. Please spare me the BS that American Water did not know. In fact the condition of the infrastructure was quite possibly a motivating factor in their operation plan as they like all such purveyors know that historically the water and sewer infrastructures in most all communities, especially Phoenix, have been sorely neglected and are ripe for failure leading to costly repairs all of which counts when your Corp Commission folks determine what is a “fair” return to these for-profit-corporate-interests on their investment.
You gota love it … their investment … they get a goodly portion up front from you in the form of increase rates, use borrowed money from places like WIFA (you’re ultimately liable) replace the infrastructure, then get those sworn to serve and protect you – to grant them a fair return. Where do we sign up for this goodie…?
Were these a publicly owned utility there is one advantage. Don’t like what’s going on, vote them out…? When your community sells out to “for-profit-corporate-interests” we need to read the fine print because it’s there where we get screwed. American Water is or will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Until we are provided full, open, honest, timely disclosure I don’t believe…you can if you want…?
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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …
…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead
… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist
… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.
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