Fact/Fiction

Fact vs. Fiction: Response to MWD Commentary in U-T

The San Diego Union-Tribune published a commentary on Aug. 2 by MWD’s Board chairman that makes numerous false and misleading statements that warrant correction. Click here to read the commentary. Click here to read the response.  

Fact vs. Fiction: Correcting Misinformation by MWD Representative

A representative of the LA-based MWD presented comments to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on March 22 and to Water Authority Committees on March 23. Rather than dispute the Water Authority’s facts, the MWD representative used the recent drought as justification for MWD’s overcollecting, overspending and unplanned borrowing, which led to unnecessary rate […]

Fact vs. Fiction: The Spin Cycle Never Stops at MWD

At the end of Metropolitan Water District’s board meeting Tuesday, April 12, to consider and adopt higher rates and taxes for 2017 and 2018, MWD Chief Financial Officer Gary Breaux and General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger made some astounding claims of how staff’s proposed rates would impact the San Diego County Water Authority.  Here’s what they […]

Fact vs. Fiction: Another MWD Rate Cycle, Another MWD Spin Cycle

It’s another rate-making cycle at MWD, with proposed rate hikes, more tax hikes and more illegal rates that will overcharge San Diego taxpayers and water ratepayers more than $134 million over the next two years – this, doesn’t even include the potential additional cost the new treatment charge MWD’s concocting to impose would add to […]

Fact vs. Fiction: MWD Has a Spending Problem

MWD Fiction: MWD water rates and charges continue to increase, driven primarily by the need to maintain and repair important MWD water facilities such as the Colorado River Aqueduct. FACT: The truth is that MWD has a spending problem.  A business that experiences a sharp drop in sales or a cut to its income normally has […]

Fact vs. Fiction: Why Does Water Cost More When We’re Using Less?

MWD Fiction: Recent increases in MWD water rates and charges are driven primarily by the need to maintain and repair important MWD water facilities such as the Colorado River Aqueduct. FACT: When MWD’s water sales decline, the cost of each unit of water sold rises. This is really the primary driver behind  MWD’s water rates, which have […]

Fact vs. Fiction: Is Lower Water Sales or Capital Spending Driving Your Water Rate Increases?

MWD Fiction: Recent increases in MWD water rates and charges are driven primarily by increasing costs of its capital improvement program. FACT: Declining water sales, not spending on capital facilities are driving MWD’s increasing water rates. While capital projects and corresponding debt service payments have contributed to MWD’s water rate increases, they are not the primary driver of the […]

Fact vs. Fiction: MWD Needs to Raise your Water Rates. Really?

MWD Fiction: Recent increases in MWD water rates and charges are driven primarily by the need to maintain and repair important MWD water facilities such as the Colorado River Aqueduct. Welcome to Fact vs. Fiction, where MWD fictions run headlong into the facts. Today’s fiction focuses on MWD’s assertion that recent increases in its water […]