Like you, I am not a water scientist. All this talk about maximum contamination levels, consumption-based fixed rates, and design-build-operate engineering have me baffled as well. I am not even sure I have those terms right.
But I know one thing: I trust our civic leaders and fellow community members to study these issues and recommend a prudent path forward. And it is compelling to me that every elected official who represents Davis supports Measure I. I am encouraged that our citizens’ Water Advisory Committee overwhelmingly supports Measure I. And I trust our UC Davis water experts, all of whom, to my knowledge, believe Measure I is the best option for our community.
At some point, especially when the issues are so complex, you have to trust your local experts and elected representatives. If even one water expert or elected official opposed Measure I, that might cause me concern. But the fact that they are unanimous in support of Measure I tells me that this project might just be worth supporting.