SGWASA has had questionable success
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I have been a staunch critic of the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority board — those seven individuals who hold part of our health and wallet in their hands with the decisions they make. I’ve long wondered why they appear so defensive regarding the organization and it’s shortfalls, rather than simply admit they have problems, ranging from cash shortages for repairs to product quality issues, something customers know already.
Comments from a board member at their last meeting might have revealed the answer. Stem Board member Kenneth McLamb said: “We are experiencing very few water quality issues.”
So what’s wrong with that statement? It was stated seemingly as defense for SGWASA referencing the independent tests Stem has taken on its water quality, which he stated “are in line with SGWASA.” Sounds like he is saying having only a “few water quality issues” is not that bad. Not to mention being “in line with SGWASA” isn’t exactly a reassuring benchmark for many.
I hope not, because anyone who rents, or invests $200,000-plus for a home in Stem or this area, ought to be provided clean, non-smelly non-discolored water, every day, period — especially with the high rates we are charged.
Perhaps some board members need to refresh themselves with the parable found in Matthew and Luke regarding the shepherd who leaves his flock of 99 to find just one. Every single person and customer is important, and the idea that only a few are experiencing issues should not be a measure of success.
It’s unconscionable to continue enticing others to move into the area, knowing they will soon be subject to questionable quality water, accompanied by a bill often higher than their electric bill, but for some SGWASA board members, it doesn’t appear to disturb them. When you consider some of their past comments (Jimmy Gooch’s recent “If you don’t like it, then maybe you should consider moving” or Tim Karan’s ‘’Sure our water may be smelly, and leave a ring here and there, but at least it’s safe to drink,” or his “Sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles”) you can understand why I question SGWASA’s measure of success.
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