Claremont FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) members advocate purchase of our local water system infrastructure from its present owner, Golden State Water Company. Our dedicated volunteers worked hard to pass Measure W on the November 4th ballot which authorized the city to issue revenue bonds to purchase the system. We will post information on this site about the next steps towards the acquisition.
The purchase is endorsed by hundreds of Claremont citizens, as well as by local businesses, the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area, Sustainable Claremont, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Interfaith Sustainability Council, the Claremont Courier and the Daily Bulletin. You can find information about the various issues under the Answers tab above; you can see what supporters have written under the Press tab.
With local control there will be:
- better use of local wells and a chance to implement water reclamation programs
- residents involved in rate setting (not the CPUC)
- no regional rates that subsidize population growth in distant desert communities
- safety from having our water system sold to the highest international bidder
- the opportunity to provide incentives for heavy water users to reduce use
- no need to make a profit or pay income taxes, no highly paid executives to support
- transparency in rate setting and local accountability for decisions
- the ability to plan for the water needs of future generations
The system will be managed in our own best interest! Ownership of the water system has eluded us for decades, but approval of the water bond on November 4th has moved us closer to that goal.