I have been going back and forth between yes and no on Measure I. Recently, I’ve decided on no. I have never been happy about the design, build, operate model. Water is too important to be outside the control of the people and subject to the motivation for profit. I still believe that government is run by the people, and our water should be under that safety net.
I was intrigued by the letter to the editor a couple of weeks ago from a neighboring rancher to Conaway Ranch. He indicated that there was plenty of water that could be tapped by wells and piped a much shorter distance to Davis. Did the Water Advisory Committee look into nearby well water?
The kicker, though, was the information in the article in The Davis Enterprise about the location of the proposed drinking water treatment plant less than half a mile from Woodland’s existing sewage treatment plant and ponds. I invite everyone to do what I did and take a drive out to Davis’ sewage treatment plant just past the landfill. Stop at the gates to the Davis wetlands, the gates with the red warning sign “Water not fit for human contact.”
Drive back a half a mile and look around. Try to keep your car vents open to get the full effect, although I admit I had to close the vents. I guess there was some type of aerosol action going on that day.
Move this scenario up to Woodland and ask yourself if this is the ideal location for treating drinking water? Does this make you feel like you are getting “clean” water? Is this the best way to spend more than $100 million?