Thursday, July 8, 2010

To the Jamestown News: Get your dam story straight

Today the Jamestown News published a dam story based on fiction. Reporter Carol Brooks wrote:

Discussion about building a regional water system actually began in the 1930s because the Triad area is prone to drought.”

Ms. Brooks, who told you that proneness to drought is what began the discussion of the dam and reservoir in the 1930’s? That’s a lie! The dam was for flood control and the initiative was eventually abandoned.

Drought has become the new excuse for RanDam—because Greensboro, the driving force behind the approval of RanDam never did see the huge increase in water sales it had projected (See chart at end of post).

The Army Corp of Engineers employs government engineers who build things for a living. They will think up projects because that’s their job…and their job security. The Army Corp of Engineers operates just like the Greensboro water works that continues to build in spite of a decline in water sales. When you give government engineers a giant Erector Set and a big budget they are going to propose projects and then build them. That’s the name of the game. If Greensboro’s water engineers stopped designing and building they would be out of a job (DUH)! But when you are a monopoly like the Greensboro water works you can do whatever you want!

Greensboro and High Point never needed RanRez water and now their taxpayers and water customers are stuck paying for daily allotments. Greensboro residents should realize that it costs more to operate three water plants than it does to operate two water plants.

FACT: Greensboro purchased 53% of RanRez and it has expanded its water works by 75% during a 15 year decline in water sales. And nobody knows but the few who read the Randleman Dam Cold Case Files.

QUESTION: During periods of dry weather would the City of Greensboro ever prematurely impose water restrictions on citizens and businesses when restrictions aren't needed?

ANSWER: Of course it would! It's a proven tactic that works ever time it is tried. Restrictions convince citizens of the "need" for Randleman's water and prepare them to foot the bill.

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