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.