Thursday, August 22, 2013

pt2 water authority (drought watch)

e: ... "drought watch" is in-line with the july 9 forecast ... see below ... when did drought watch begin? ... the media kept the secret ... they are setting precedent here folks ...
[ap story]
NM's largest water utility repeals 'drought watch'
aug 22, 2013

Board members of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority voted Wednesday to rescind the "drought watch" they imposed earlier this year due to the dry conditions that have been plaguing New Mexico.

Under the watch, fines for wasting water were doubled. [what kind of program is that?]
e: ... were any double-stuffed tickets written? ... were the free rain gauges part of the drought watch program? ... if so, then the real story wasn't the rain gauges, it was the doubling of fines.
[local story]
Free rain gauges help ABQ residents save money
jul 9, 2013

The Albuquerque Water Authority is giving out rain gauges to measure the amount of rain that falls at your home.

If you get at least a quarter of an inch of rain in one day, that counts as one of your three weekly watering days.
[greenhorn post]
water authority ticket writers (ppp)
jul 9, 2013

e: ... forecast: albuquerque water authority will soon be hiring ticket writers ... a public-private partnership of course ...

... and you ask, "how will knowing the amount of water that falls at my house save me money?" ... answer ... it will help you not receive a fine ... (the truth is the opposite of everything they tell you) ... it means that without a rain gauge you have no evidence to refute their figures ... it's not their fault you didn't know it rained too much to water your lawn ... they offered you a free rain gauge ... and someone will be there shortly to write that ticket for you ... and your snitch neighbor will get his $50 too.

... this is tantamount to charging you for rain.
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p3 mandatory recycling (ppp)