That’s What You Get For Waking Up in Denver

Last night, my dad and I finally managed to get back from DC around 11. Then there was the hard part. Fighting our way in to our house. You see, when we went to the airport about 5 days ago, it was 60 degrees outside. My dad therefore decided we should take his car. It looks something like this…


Anyway, we had a hard time getting up the driveway. But we finally did, blasted up the heat so the pipes wouldn’t freeze, made sure the bird was still alive, and went to sleep. The next morning, we woke up to this headline.

Denver Water to Hike Rates 13% in Denver

Now you might think that my snow stuffed brain is exaggerating the importance of this headline. I mean, who really cares about a slight increase in water prices? Obviously not me, as I’m not paying the bills…yet. But the problem isn’t the fact that our water prices are going up, the problem is *why* the prices are going up.

If you read the article in the Denver Post (our ONLY newspaper…sigh) it says that the prices are increasing for some  ‘projects’. This is a blatant lie. The reason that water prices are going up is because people are using less water. And why are people using less water? Because Denver Water ran a giant  water conservation campaign, even winning an award for the brilliant billboards (pictured here) that they used to convince people to buy less water. denver water adsI’m not even kidding. I’m also not a conspiracy theorist. So let’s assume, best-case scenario, that Denver Water has been planning to raise their rates for a long time, and that it has nothing to do with the fact that they have a self-induced shortage of revenue. Fine. The fact remains that the way Denver Water thanks people for meeting their water conservation goals is to raise their rates. Denver water is essentially saying “Great Job Guys!!! We’re going to give you all a present. It’s called ‘more expensive bills.’ Enjoy!”

Humph. It’s things like this that give environmentalists a bad reputation. Oh well. At least Colorado isn’t a Democratic state…wait. Never mind.


5 Responses to That’s What You Get For Waking Up in Denver

  1. Gregory Milton says:

    It is true that there are people who will have larger bills as a result of this hike but there will also be those who see an overall decrease in the amount they spend on water. Unless there was a shortage of water and Denver water was going to run out and be faced with angry customers they really shouldn’t have ran the campaign. I do however agree with the content of the campaign. It was simply a strange source for this encouragement. All in all the result is good. Less water has been used and average water bills haven’t changed very much.

  2. MarinaLee says:

    So you’re saying that it doesn’t matter that they raised the rates, because people are using less water and their overall bills shouldn’t change? Somehow I don’t think the average person is using 13% less water…

  3. James says:

    Greg, your an idiot.
    The prices SHOULD go down. The basic product that the people in denver are buying has not changed. The resource has not become more rare for our state, so this is no reason to increase the price. The quality of the product has not increased, so this can not justify the raise in rates. Since these are the only two reasons why the government should raise the price and they are absent, there is no reason the rates should have been raised. Instead, the citizens of Colorado should have been rewarded with a smaller bill for using less. Why the hell should the price stay the same when the costomer decides to use less?

  4. James says:

    I forgot to add a little note for Ms. Lee. You haven’t bothered to post since October 30th. Fix this.

  5. Biotlylyday says:

    Oh my god enjoyed reading your blogpost. I submitted your feed to my google reader!!

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