ACTION ALERT: Public Water
as of 4-6-16
It is about to be “open season” on Connecticut’s water reserves. Niagara Bottling, a large private water bottler, quietly conspired with our state’s central public water utility (the Metropolitan District Commission) to get access to 1.8 million gallons per DAY from our public water reserves.
Citizens are just learning that at the same time MDC offered Niagara a 19% discount on the sale of OUR public water, they also voted to RAISE the cost for residential customers. And there is no stopping Niagara from taking our water, even in times of severe drought!
For a better understanding of the problem, please view the 5 minute video below.
Help us stop this project which is bad for Connecticut residents and businesses alike.
Tell your State legislators to support SB 422: AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL WATER RATES, PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCIES AND SELLERS OF BOTTLED WATER
Call Lori Brown at CTLCV 860-236-5442, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.
MORE YOU SHOULD KNOW
SB 422 will place a moratorium on a large water sales until our state water plan is complete. It will level the playing field for water and "special sewer rates" for ALL Connecticut customers, preventing water companies from discouraging conservation by giving high volume users lower rates.
This battles is escalating and Connecticut citizens are organizing. This project is bad for Connecticut and undermines our right to control our own publically-funded water supply, even in times of increasing droughts. The MDC argues that has plenty of water "to sell", using data that is decades old and unadjusted for climate change. Alarmingly it says it must sell to anyone requesting water in its reserves.
Furthermore, Niagara will be seeking spring water leases to supplement MDC water and we have no way to stop them if they imperil aquifers. SB 422 could discourage other large water bottling companies from coming here now that the MDC has opened the door with special discounts only for high volume users of water, while our own residential water rates increase to pay for keeping the water clean and abundant.
Selling off our water with so much uncertainty about our future supply is NOT in our best interest, period. If enough of us contact our officials now and let them know that we want them to stop this bad deal, we can change the course of this project.
This is a fight that we can win, but we have to act now while there is a chance to pass state legislation that strikes at the heart of this deal.
Stop the MDC and Niagara Bottling from selling our water. If you have questions, contact Lori Brown at 860-236-5442, or email email@example.com