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Lodi City Council rejects privatization of water plant

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:59 am, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

In a 3-2 vote, the Lodi City Council decided to have city staff — not outside contractors — operate the new water treatment plant now under construction.

Council members Larry Hansen, Alan Nakanishi and JoAnne Mounce said they did not feel comfortable turning over the plant's operation to one of two private companies that specialize in running water and wastewater plants.

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3 comments:

  • Jim Kay posted at 6:10 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    jim kay Posts: 1

    the best thing you can do is run this plant in house. it would be a terrible mistake to give it to a company klike veolia. look at the mess they made in richmond. and with so called add ons, their cost would skyrocket. always kick these private schmucks to the curb when they come sniffing around.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    "Both companies said the city will have to worry about rising public pension costs, workmen's compensation and health obligations if they keep the operation in-house."

    Having done many RFP's all of these above costs should be accounted for in the City's estimate, not just salaries. I sure hope these costs were projected in the city's bid.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 7:43 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 499

    The cost of operating this plant is significant but it is only a fraction of the total cost involved with this massive project. I believe the city owes rate payers an overview of all the costs and all the benefits of this project.
    Unlike our ground water, river water is loaded with pathogens and every drop of it must be heavily chlorinated before it can be used safely. Ground water ( except for the central plume which is shut down)--- is of much higher quality and is generally safe to drink though it may need to be lightly chlorinated from time to time.
    I would like to be proven wrong but I believe this project will cost about two hundred million dollars over the life of the plant and the water contract. I do not believe it is needed at this time and I don't believe it will do much to reduce overdrafting.

     
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