Given the exponentially rising tide (pardon the pun) of opposition to Carolina Water Service I was surprised, but not shocked, this afternoon (Sept. 13) to see 3 fire hydrants simultaneously discharging hundreds of gallons of water for no apparent reason around the Charlotte Highway/Mill Pond Road area.
While I am sure Utilities Inc. has a perfectly good excuse for this - no doubt linked to increasing shareholder value, in this case gutter and road cleaning – is it unreasonable to suggest that any half-respectable organization in danger of losing its franchise should be doing everything it could to avoid bad publicity?
Moreover, shouldn’t that organization be focused on trying to win back the hearts and minds of the customers it has systematically failed since day-one or is that more wishful thinking?
Having moved to Lake Wylie almost 15 years ago from the UK - where our water bill was the equivalent of around $320 per year – our initial reaction was that we were caught up in a bad joke. Clearly that was a misplaced ideal of Leviathan proportions.
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And while I will be the first to make it clear that the UK is far from perfect in regards to the provision of any services, I only have to cite train delays due to ‘the wrong type of falling on the tracks’ as a great example, we now have the chance to make a big and long overdue change in our community.
I for one am up for the challenge, it’s about time we made it impossible for CWS to remain in LKW.
At least Jesse James had the good grace to rob people with a gun, Utilities, Inc. uses pipes and sewers instead.
Simon Robinson, Lake Wylie.