Is Measure I about water quality? UC Davis and the city don’t think so. If they thought dangerous Davis water was a ticking time bomb or a lawsuit waiting to happen, they never would have opted out of the project for well water.
Is Measure I about bargain prices? Hardly. There are three glaring facts about Measure I. The first is the water project is a blank check; there are no fixed costs, no upper limits on how much money it will cost. Proponents of Measure I say your water bills will triple, but where they will go from there is anyone’s guess. West Village is opting out of the project and El Macero is talking about it.
Huge future developments can afford to drill their own wells. Angelo Tsakopoulos and his colleagues won’t have to be part of the water project; homeowners will.
Second glaring fact: Measure I will be irreversible. Once the city pays for the water project, homeowners will have to repay the city of Davis for the expense.
Third fact: The Woodland/Davis project will deliver at least twice as much water as Davis now uses. The only reason to double available water is because someone is thinking of doubling the size of Davis.
Vote no on I. Not even the Measure I supporters say that the deep aquifers are going to dry out before April. Don’t vote for a blank-check water project. Don’t vote for a project that supporters aren’t paying for.