On top of delivering a safe and reliable water supply at a reasonable cost, the Water Authority’s responsibilities also include agile and visionary thinking about the future.
By Mark Weston.
For public agencies, one of the easiest things to do is to keep doing the same things the same way and keep your head down to avoid attention.
That’s not what the San Diego County Water Authority does.
It leans into the complexities inherent in natural resource issues, continually seeking opportunities and innovations that will serve the region’s ratepayers for decades to come. The Water Authority’s highest good is delivering a safe and reliable water supply at a reasonable cost, and it works toward that goal every day.
That’s exactly what the public should expect – consistent day-in-and-day-out performance. However, the Water Authority’s responsibilities also include agile and visionary thinking about the future. That approach is complex and requires careful analysis. The process includes significant study and debate. It’s rarely simple and never easy.
But it seems that the Voice of San Diego takes a shallow, slanted and even arrogant view of the Water Authority’s role and that process in Ry Rivard’s Sept. 15 story, “The Water Authority’s Big, Strange Battery Bet.” From the headline down, VOSD seems determined to mislead readers into believing that the Water Authority has decided to gamble on energy because it “wants to” build a large pumped storage project in East County – and that things aren’t going well.