It seems everyone is tired of hearing about the Los Osos Sewer Project. Perhaps because it has been going on for 30 years and the controversy continues.
We seem to forget that if the community would have built a wastewater plant 30 years ago, Los Osos residents would be paying a sewer bill between $15 to $30 per month. But no, 30 years ago the community argued that a sewer system was unnecessary.
In the 1990s the county had a new proposal for a sewer system. And, just as housing prices had increased, the monthly cost of sewer services had gone up as well. This time, the opponents, instead of hiring a qualified professional to help review alternatives, filed lawsuits, appeals, a revocation request, and LOCSD Board recalls.
As with previous opponents, this did not help solve the problem but actually made the solution even more costly to those residing in Los Osos. Enough is enough! The Morro Bay Estuary is not ours to pollute. There are health and safety concerns to young and old if we continue to degrade our groundwater.
I would put forth if we are continually looking for a miracle solution we will continue to have a higher monthly sewer bill. If we work together we can get grants to help low- and moderate-income families pay for their monthly sewer bill. Letâ€™s stop pointing our fingers at LOCSD and RWQCB and look in the mirror. We need to move forward.
Jan Di Leo