33 percent cumulative water conservation last week
Dear Fellow EID Residential Ratepayers,
Including our collective previous 18 percent water conservation achieved in 2011-2013, EID residential water ratepayers cumulatively reduced average water consumption by 33 percent last week as compared to the three, five and ten year averages ending in 2009.
With four days of “July-like” mid-90 degree temperatures last week, the 33 percent cumulative residential conservation last week is especially noteworthy and commendable.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that EID’s General Manager continues to not credit residential ratepayers with our bona fide 33 percent cumulative water conservation savings since 2009. Instead, the chart he continues to show on EID’s website unfairly portrays conservation savings of just 16 percent in 2014 by excluding credit for an 18 percent residential conservation that already had been achieved in the years 2011-2013.
The less financially-savvy members of EID’s board are easily hoodwinked by the misleading 2014 vs. 2011-2013 comparison by EID’s General Manager. In turn, twice again in the last ten days, Director Dale Coco publicly has unjustly castigated residential ratepayers for “not conserving” and intends to push for a 30 percent rate surcharge on outside residential watering in EID’s June 9th board meeting.
To be sure, we all need to pull together to restrict outside watering and conserve precious water supplies. Doing so is all about being good citizens as our State is in the midst of huge water shortfalls.
But equally to be sure, residential ratepayers do not deserve unjust castigation for “not conserving” as long as a 30 percent cumulative water savings is maintained as has been the case for the past four weeks.
In 1954, Darrell Huff wrote the still classic statistics text for college students “How to Lie with Statistics”. Unfortunately, the conservation chart on EID’s website is an example of what Darrell Huff warned against in the representation of statistics, and how these representation distortions can lead to inaccurate conclusions.
Hopefully, on June 9th one or more additional members of EID board’s will start to see through the distortions in the conservation depiction on EID’s website. If not, residential ratepayers will pay an unjust price in the form of a 30 percent water rate surcharge on outside watering.
EID Director, Division 2