Water should be local

Dear Editor: I strongly support the efforts of the Claremont City Council to purchase the water system for Claremont from Golden State.

Most of us realize that we are facing a period of extreme water scarcity, and it is time for our elected officials, whom we trust, to make decisions about the cost and control of our water supply.

It is surely inevitable that our costs will rise in the future no matter who controls the water system, but decisions about our costs should not be in the hands of a for-profit company whose main interest is increasing rates to sustain their profit margins and outlandish executive salaries. It should be in the hands of the people of Claremont through their local elected officials.