Statement by Marie Logan, Nevada Organizer for Food & Water Watch:
“Southern Nevada Water Authority’s across-the-board increase in water bills for residents of Southern Nevada is an outrageous decision that blatantly supports big business on the backs of the working people of Las Vegas. The largest companies in the city will pay, comparatively, much less than the average family. Small businesses, retirees living on a fixed income, and low-income households throughout Las Vegas will bear the brunt of this unfair rate increase.
“Even more outrageous, however, is recently uncovered information that at least $3.6 million dollars in expected revenues from the rate increase will, in fact, go toward payment for the controversial 300-mile water grab from Eastern Nevada, which has not yet been approved. SNWA’s General Manager Patricia Mulroy has claimed publicly that the revenues from the recent rate increase will solely go towards payment for the Third Straw development from Lake Mead, which is becoming more expensive by the minute.
“Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani has done residents of the Southern Nevada an important service by digging into this rate increase. We now know that this permanent increase, which disproportionately impacts residents and small business owners who have reduced their water use, will not just be used to pay for system reliability with the Third Straw, but will fund the financially and environmentally reckless effort to drain rural Nevada and Utah of groundwater. This is an issue that deserves larger debate and thanks to Commissioner Giunchigliani, we now have a more complete picture of what is happening in the offices of the SNWA.”
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.