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Letter: The county Water Authority discourages conservation

The county Water Authority discourages conservation

I agree with The Buffalo News editorial praise for the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (now “Waterkeeper”). But let’s make some real changes to make things better.

For example, water conservation is all but ignored in Erie County. The Erie County Water Authority charges every water customer a minimum of 9,000 gallons of water no matter how little water runs through the meter. A person living alone might use as little as 5,000 gallons of water but they must pay for 9,000 gallons of water. Why should anyone pay for something they don’t use?

Imagine having to pay for 10 gallons of gasoline when you pumped only 5 gallons into your gas tank. The water tariff allows the authority to rip off consumers who are trying to conserve water and do their part for the environment.

Quite the contrary, the tariff encourages waste. (If I’m paying for, I can afford to waste it, so let the faucet drip).

In the Town of Evans, water bills have ballooned out of sight. People are paying $80 water bills for $20 worth of water. People are fleeing from confiscatory taxes and water fees. The Erie County Water Authority is not going to fix itself. It’s like an eight-layer cake with layer after layer of patronage jobs doing nothing with no oversight, no checks, no balances. It should be abolished.

Bob Catalano


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