What is EID’s Abercrombie thinking?
EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie wants residential ratepayers to slash water consumption another 30 percent beyond the 18 percent they already have reduced their consumption starting in 2010.
Meanwhile, Abercrombie has opened the flood gates to allow a nearly quadrupling of water sold at his self-engineered $49 per acre foot small farm rate.
Since EID sells most residential outside irrigation water at a rate of $829 per acre foot, Abercrombie wants to forsake $1.16 million of residential water revenue so he can sell that same extra 1,400 acre feet for $68,600 to olive tree hobbyists, the County Fairgrounds and others not materially and legitimately in the business of agriculture.
To make up for the $1.1 million Abercrombie is throwing away, he wants to surcharge residential ratepayers 30 percent.
Abercrombie’s persistent push for rate surcharge penalties is slated to come to the EID board for the fifth time in EID’s May 12th board meeting.
EID Director, Division 2