Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Better Be Paying Attention To Your Drinking Water, North Carolina

Aqua North Carolina, a for-profit supplier of drinking water, is asking for a 19% + rate increase from the NC Utilities Commission. Aqua North Carolina already charges twice as much for water as Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and many other municipalities in the state, and this is the company's third request for increases in the past five years.

This is what you get with the privatization that Republicans love so much. This is what you get when you let a for-profit enterprise get hold of your precious water resources. They will charge you out the nose for it.

Aqua North Carolina already serves more than 250,000 residents in 53 NC counties, including the Mountain Ridge development in Watauga County. You can study the full list of their service areas here. They seem to prey upon suburban developments that have sprouted up outside existing, traditional municipal boundaries.

With fracking coming to our state, with its side-effects of ruined well water, Aqua North Carolina will be feeding on the victims like vultures.


Anonymous said...

to heck with 'em, dig a well.

Anonymous said...

Not possible for everyone - and out of reach for folks who don't have the cash to pay Dewey to come out and dig. And in fracked areas....all a well will get you is poisoned water.