This is in response to two articles written by Berkley Hudson (Times, Oct. 14 and 16.) The articles are very one-sided, giving the impression that the water industry is "standing still" watching the polluters continue to pollute our water supply and that the water industry is "pro-growth" and "anti-environmental." This is far from the truth.
The water industry provides water to accommodate the growth that city and county land-use and planning officials have approved. We are only supplying water to meet that growth so that the people who buy those houses or businesses can enjoy the same quality of life that all of us now have. Controlling growth is not within the purview of water agencies. This lies with the cities and the county.
Various articles published recently suggest that only our elected Assembly and state senatorial representatives, in collaboration with environmental organizations, can save us from doom. This is far from reality. The only real progress has been made by the water industry.
The ground-water pollution problem first came to light over a decade ago. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency undertook an extensive investigation and promised that it would take care of the problem. The water industry and other environmentally sensitive groups believed and trusted them and stood by anxiously awaiting the time when the cleanup would start.