Barely a drop in the bucket
Says "we are going to sell this house and use the proceeds to stabilize rates."
They're a small piece of why rates are high
Portlanders for Water Reform
Says the reasoning behind Portland's high water and sewer rates is "all kinds of ’pet projects’ unrelated to the core function of the water and sewer bureaus"
Unfair comparison, but Multnomah Co. does have better cavity numbers than rest of Oregon
Clean Water Portland
Says "If you compare the Portland Metro area to the CDC’s statewide cavity rates ... the Portland Metro area would actually rank as having the 15th lowest cavity rate in the U.S."
The EPA told us to
Says the mayor’s job "is to make sure that if somebody is trying to build a set of water treatment plants to cure us from cryptosporidium we don’t have, we don't say yes even if CH2M Hill wants us to."
Not with a 2009 deadline
Says we could have saved ourselves the cost of building the Powell Butte water reservoir.
On a hypothetical balance sheet
Says she is "saving ratepayers $6 million/year."
Inaction it's not
Says "Many people I’ve talked to are angry that because of City Hall inaction we may have to spend a needless $500 million to cover and treat our pure drinking water."
'Savings' overblown, but she was persuasive
Says that "In 2009, I saved ratepayers around $500 million by persuading the Council to pursue a less expensive compliance mechanism if the City is required to treat Bull Run drinking water."
Chlorinated, fish-killing water, that is
The Medford Water Commission was fined $279,000 for dumping plain drinking water into a stream.
Maybe if we didn't already have a deposit
Increasing the bottle deposit to 10 cents on a case of water bottles could literally double the price of that product in the store.
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