GOT INSANELY HIGH WATER BILLS? SO DO WE!
$300/month? $500/month? Some as high as $1400/month! Water bills in Los Osos are INSANE! Why? One reason --- Golden State Water and their profit motivated overhead.
HOW CAN GOLDEN STATE WATER CHARGE US THIS MUCH?!
“How can it be that GSW can raise their rates this high and going higher again this year, when other water agencies rate increases are more moderate?”
- Golden State Water is a private, for-profit water company. Their obligation is to deliver water, their primary goal is to "maximize profits". All they need is approval from their regulator --- The CPUC.
- Public water agencies cannot sell water, a necessity of life, profit, due to Proposition 218 passing in 1996, which provides that revenues from the property related fee “shall not exceed the funds required to provide service.” and “shall not exceed the proportional cost of service attributable to the parcel.” Public agencies cannot profit from the sale of water.
Since 2000 our water rates have increased close to 100%
SEE WHO ELSE IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST GSW!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT MATTERS!!!
With community support, we can get out from underneath a private, for-profit water company as the community of Felton CA. Los Osos' goal, with the very important wide support of the community and the eventual help of a local public water agency, is to permanently remove GSW from our community, with water then supplied to us by that local water agency.
STOP paying for water system improvements outside our area
STOP paying 2X to 4X more than water from Los Osos Community Services District
STOP paying for GSW's endless appeals for more of our hard-earned money
STOP depending on Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to protect you
STOP the excessive 25% and 35% water increases
STOP policies that discourage conservation
Follow the steps that other communities have successful undertaken and are currently taking to reclaim their water infrastructure and independence from private, egregious water companies.
We can do nothing and trust our future to Golden State Water and the CPUC.
The Los Osos Friends of Locally Owned Water's goal with the eventual help of a public water agency and the support of the community is to, in time, rid our area of GSW for good and be serviced by more responsible municipal local water agencies.