...if it weren't so sad.
Yesterday's (June 28th, 2015) blog entry quoted Greater Vernon Water manager Zee Marcolin saying that Stage One water restrictions may be in force within a week.
Her comment that Stage One's goal to achieve a 10 per cent reduction in water consumption rang alarm bells for more than one water user.
But one user--quick with his calculator--provided the most poignant comment:
"Assuming all customers take heed of Ms. Marcolin's advice
to cut back water use, we will have a
water saving of 578,165 cubic meters (578.2 ML).
The loss of revenue associated with such savings would be $816,133 or $33.55 per household.
Just to cover that revenue loss
in 2015 the base fees
will have to be increased by
$33.55 per household (~7.8% increase)."
The "GVW story" changes so frequently...people are shaking their heads.
At last week's Waterwise meeting at the Library, Ms. Marcolin said the Duteau reservoirs had been low due to early snowmelt this year but nowhere near normal due to accumulated spring rains and there was no immediate need for increased restrictions. The argument to raise the height of Aberdeen Dam was to increase the storage capacity for snowmelt and rainfall. She indicated that her goal was to build "safety factors" into the system, both for supply and delivery.
"I'll take the green lawn if I have to pay $33.55 more," attests Kia.
If only the golf business could do that...as revenue decreases, increase the green fees for each person so that the same revenue accrues as previously.