Posted: 21 Jan 2010 03:52 AM PST
1. They are a fascist mechanism -- telling you want to do, when and where.
2. They are a visible form of "education" more than an effective way of increasing water conservation.
3. They divert resources from more pressing matters. (Even though I bet they are considered "green collar jobs").
And now we get the cost of cops in San Diego [p 497 of this pdf]: $752,370 for 10 FTE positions.* (I don't that includes their transport costs, since they probably drive fleet cars.)
1. Don't tell you what to do; you choose when and where to use water, and pay accordingly.
2. Are something we've learned how to respond to LONG ago -- by using less.
3. Cost nothing. In fact, they generate revenue.
So why does the City of San Diego (and others) have water cops?
§ They prefer to make noise and then impose rationing when it doesn't work.
§ They don't really want to sell less water (because revenue falls).
§ They are bureaucrats who prefer to tell people what to do.
I'd like to hear a better reason. Anyone? Buehler?
* Bureaucrats are amazing: "Adjustment reflects the addition of 10.00 FTE positions and associated non-personnel expenditures to support and implement the Drought Response Level 2 mandatory water use restriction."
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