The Dutch colonized Cape Town, South Africa, before the Spanish built missions in California. Water was plentiful. Until recently, dependable rainfall supplied Cape Town as its population grew. Now, rainfall patterns have changed. Taps are running dry, and Cape Town residents face dependence on bottled water.
The diminishing Sierra snowpack trend prompted the city of Los Angeles to upgrade the Terminal Island sewer plant with the same technology proposed for Morro Bay's water reclamation facility. Since Owens Valley water is so affordable for LA, why invest in recycling? The answer is prudence. State water supplying our Central Coast is not dependable. We must make the choice to secure water for ourselves.
Voting "no" on our rate increase will cost dearly. Delaying Morro Bay's new sewer plant will cost money that can be used for water supply.
Long-term interest rates are going up and will add millions of dollars to the final project cost if we vote down this upgrade opportunity. Starting another fight with the Coastal Commission on a new plant west of Highway 1 will add years to our non-compliance with federal water standards. The costs will go up the longer we procrastinate.
Support water recycling.