This is in reply to Bob Low's letter to the editor (Times, March 24) regarding his misleading statements and mixing city of Covina water rate increases and salary increases allowed employees.
He contends that the new rate structure is unfair and not needed. For one who pretends to be informed, he is either intentionally sidestepping the primary cause of the water rate increases to ingratiate himself for the next election, or is ignorant, or both. The cause, as everyone who reads the newspaper or watches TV news knows, is the major water cost increases from the Metropolitan Water District due to the accumulative drought over the past five years. Anyone even modestly aware of local government all the way up to the governor's chair has seen that the district's much-needed drought plan and lack of water supply has caused the price of water to escalate. These costs are passed on to the water users.
Mr. Low notes his own water bill, which also reflects water use far above the average for a Covina single-family resident. Those residents in Covina using more than the average will pay the bulk of the extra costs for water. Mr. Low is asked to be a good citizen and reduce his water consumption like his neighbors. If he does not, and continues to use water in excess, he will have the higher water bills he fears. This is fair. Others should not carry the cost burden for him.