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Water agency candidate protests sewer rate hike

Posted: May 17, 2010 2:20 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2010 8:17 p.m.
Kevin D. Korenthal, a candidate for the Division 1 seat at Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors, asks his campaign supporters to attend the May 27 Sanitation District meeting in the Santa Clarita City Council chambers and comment in opposition to the proposed rate increases to be voted upon.

"Santa Clarita residents and businesses could be paying as much as 300 percent higher sewer rates if this vote leads to approval of a multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant that will not benefit the residents of Santa Clarita," said Korenthal.

"The high levels of chloride in Santa Clarita's water are not the result of anything done in Santa Clarita," he said. "The chloride originated from The State Water Project via the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta where 50 percent of Santa Clarita's water comes from. The ingredients in Santa Clarita's own groundwater are not the cause of the high chloride levels."

The World Health Organization reported in 2003 that the main sources of chloride in drinking water are: run-off containing road de-icing salts, the use of inorganic fertilizers, landfill leaching, septic tank waste water, animal feeds, industrial waste water, irrigation drainage and seawater intrusion in coastal areas.

None of these processes are widely utilized in Southern California.

In addition, many local leaders have pointed out that the chloride levels in Santa Clarita's water are already lower than state mandates. The water in question arrived in Santa Clarita with chloride levels of up to 140 mg/l (milligrams per liter). Water that has been used and turned over to sewage has not been shown to have levels of chloride in excess of 140 mg/l.

The World Health Organization, United States Navy and the State of California have all determined that water with a chloride level of up to 250 mg/l is perfectly acceptable to use as drinking water.

An unaccountable bureaucracy called the Regional Water Quality Control Board has arbitrarily determined that levels of chloride approved for human consumption all over the world are not low enough for expulsion into the Santa Clara River.

The Los Angeles County Sanitation District, which includes Santa Clarita City Council members Frank Ferry and Laurene Weste, is expected to vote in favor of a multi-million dollar water treatment plant for sewage water leaving Santa Clarita.

The LACSD claims the ratepayer-funded treatment plant is necessary, even though Santa Clarita residents recently gave up their water softeners with the promise that their sewage rates would not go up.

Santa Clarita City Council discussion of the proposed rate increases is scheduled for May 25. The Sanitation District meeting is slated for May 27.

Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355.


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