For several decades now USEPA has continued to push consolidation and variable water rates or single tarriff pricing to force water and wastewater systems in the United States to raise water rates. The so called “affordability” issue has been an ongoing unresolved issue for many years. Why? Becuase a robust economy is needed for sustainable water and wastewater systems. But USEPA wants us to continue to believe that it only (the federal government) and more regulation are needed.
USEPA has used drinking water policy such as its affordability criteria as a very effective technique for putting cities and states “in their place”….that is, under the federal government’s thumb of control. Robert Perciaseppe, who orchestrated the drinking water program “redirection” of USEPA in the 1990’s, continues to position the agency as the final arbiter on everything drinking water, including how much it should cost (based on the elusive median household income). It has been 17 years since the SDWA amendments of 1996 were enacted, launching an unprecedented decade-long over-reach of government regulation of drinking water, as well as providing a launching pad for jamming through a much larger leftist progressive socialist (whatever you want to call it) agenda.
More to come on this history….