Open Reservoirs: Rochester receives reprieve while Portland plows ahead.

Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 10/19/2012

The city of Rochester, New York recently received a ten-year reprieve from compliance with federal regulations requiring the covering of their open reservoirs. 

Rochester requested the delay from the EPA based on economic hardship, citing a forty four percent increase in their water rates since 2000.

Here in Portland, water rates have increased sixty one percent since 2008 and yet the water bureau continues to fast track five hundred million dollars in construction projects, claiming that economic hardship is not a valid reason for a delay.

KBOO's Joe Meyer interviews Kent Craford (Portland Water Users Coalition) , John Felsen (Rochester, NY), David Shaff (Portland Water Bureau) and Floy Jones (Friends of Reservoirs).


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