Wednesday, March 3, 2010
News & Record lets city’s BIG FISH get away—again!
Once again News & Record reporter Amanda Lehmert could have landed Greensboro water's big fish Allan Williams (see N&R Sunday story)…..but she failed to set the hook.
How could she have let Williams go without grilling him about declining water sales? Some reporter she is! Williams knows the day is coming when a microphone is shoved under his chin and he's asked to account for the 15-year decline in water sales. Williams better hope he's retired before that day arrives.
N&R "CATCH AND RELEASE" interviewing....
Lehmert also let Williams off the hook last year on Feb. 9th (see graphic). Nobody at the daily newspaper dares to reel in Williams using the water history facts that I have published in my stories.
Lehmert knows from my CHART that Greensboro is secretly suffering from declining water sales over the past 15 years. At the same time Greensboro has been spending many millions of dam dollars to expand its water works by 75%! Only a government run monopoly can expand its business during a 15-year decline in sales. Did Lehmert bring up any of this with Williams? Nope.
The city is doing a great job keeping the decline a secret—and so is the News & Record. Once again Lehmert allowed Water Czar Williams to give every reason but the real one for the coming rate increases. And for sure Williams was not about to introduce the real reason on his own.
FACT: Greensboro is selling less water today in 2010 than it did 15 years ago in 1995 when it was begging for the dam. Water rates must now go UP because consumption (sales) has gone DOWN.
FACT: When the water rate INCREASES, water usage DECREASES. The larger the rate hike, the less water people will use.
FACT: Each time Greensboro hikes the water rates the net effect is its own 3 reservoirs grow L-A-R-G-E-R!
FACT: The less water people purchase, the more the city will have to charge for it.....resulting in less water being purchased.
Greensboro could have solved its fabricated "water shortage" in the 90's if it had simply charged what other NC cities charge for water. The city deliberately kept its artificially low prices, discounts and other incentives until AFTER the dam was approved. Extremely low prices meant extremely high consumption and running the water works and at full capacity and draining the reservoirs.
Posted by Mike J Baron at 7:06 AM