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Shame on Vallejo for Lakes Water System

By From page A8 | March 10, 2014

I am writing about the Lakes Water System issue in our community. I am a customer of the city of Vallejo in this water system, along with many households and businesses in Solano and Napa counties. Paying current rates or the projected $7,000-per-year rate for domestic household water is simply unacceptable.

There is a 100-plus-year history on this situation but the turning point was in 1992 when Vallejo unilaterally (and without a vote by users negatively impacted) decided it would no longer share the cost of the Lakes Water System. Vallejo resident bills dropped slightly and Lakes Water System customer bills skyrocketed. Only recently were customers of the Lakes Water System given an appraisal of the system that makes it clear that Vallejo has failed to replace aging infrastructure (74 percent of the pipeline assets are more than 30 years beyond their useful life) and is dumping a “bucket of bolts” on the Lakes Water System customers.

After a decade of concerted efforts to work with Vallejo, the recently filed class action lawsuit was the only recourse available to customers. The blame lies with the city of Vallejo and its failure to meet fiduciary, moral and ethical responsibilities to the Lakes Water System customers and the community at large.

Roger Merrill


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  • annoyedMarch 11, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Why do you upper class folk keep whining? 7k is no big deal to you. If you want to live like kings in the highlands you need to pay to play.

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  • louiseMarch 11, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Probably 4 percent of the people that use the Lakes system live in the highlands.....of those most are homes 30 plus years old that are hardly mansion type structures. Some might call them treehouses with plumbing. The majority of homes and residents that use this system have owned their homes for 35 plus years and are elderly retired folks, I know several retired school teachers that live there. Regular people on retirement budgets. You are highly uninformed if your think the houses are fit for kings. From where I come form they call it a fixer upper neighborhood. Take a drive down Rockville Rd and check out the houses.....

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  • SandraMarch 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

    To Annoyed, Most of us in green valley are not" rich folks". We all pay our fair share of local takes and have all worked very hard to see that Solano County keeps it's open space and stays beautiful. We are all donating our own time and money for the legal bills to pursue our rights concerning the City of Vallejo and the Lakes water system. How would you like to find out that your water was being delivered to your home in rusty and open water lines? After paying the water company huge sums of money to maintain the water system and deliver clean water, we have discovered that they have done nothing!

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