Power and water don’t mix

The DWP has a dismal record on providing local sustainable sources of water from water recycling, aquifer management and rainwater capture. L.A. should separate water and power into two departments.

June 30, 2010|By Mark Gold
A recent audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power by City Controller Wendy Gruel criticized the agency for its lack of transparency. The DWP, she concluded, has “lost the trust of the public.”

And why shouldn’t the public have lost trust? Long before the DWP’s recent fight with the mayor and City Council over rate hikes, the agency had ceased to inspire confidence. The utility burned through nine general managers in 10 years, during which time maintaining the status quo was a much higher priority than moving the City forward. No wonder DWP’s popularity currently resides somewhere between the DMV and BP.

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