From the Interfaith Sustainability Council

At its most recent meeting, members of the Interfaith Sustainability Council of the Pomona Valley voted unanimously to recommend that Claremont citizens vote yes on Measure W.

The Interfaith Sustainability Council includes members who are affiliated with some 14 congregations and organizations, both faith-based and secular, most of which are based in Claremont, and all with members who live in Claremont. We specifically do not represent or speak for the congregations or organizations from which we come. Our purpose has rather been to promote alternative energies and conservation activities within and outside of our congregations and organizations. 

We make this recommendation based on our conviction that local public control will better promote water conservation and be more likely to reduce our dependence on imported water.

First, it will allow us to end the use of the pernicious “Water Rate Adjustment Mechanism,” in which Golden State has raised rates as water usage has decreased, clearly counterproductive to conservation efforts.

Second, we believe that more strenuous efforts to reclaim water can substantially reduce the need for imported water. Golden State offers no plans for additional water reclamation, but claims sole right to sell reclaimed water to Claremont customers. The city of Claremont can and will do better.

Our affiliations include Claremont Presbyterian Church, Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont United Methodist Church, InterEnvironment Institute, Fair Trade Claremont, La Verne Church of the Brethren, Monte Vista Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Native American community, Pilgrim Place, Progressive Christians Uniting, Sustainable Claremont, Temple Beth Israel and Trinity United Methodist Church. We are always open to new members. Please join us in voting yes on Measure W.

Tom Helliwell

Chair, Interfaith Sustainability Council