Southern Orange County wants to Secede from MWDOC; Report says this would be financially unwise

Teri Sforza writes in The OC Register about The Municipal Water District of Orange County’s response to claims that its southern cities, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, and San Clemente, would leave the umbrella of MWDOC and form their own Water District. MWDOC issued a report that found a large amount of money would be wasted if this happened.

The proposed new water agency would be called south Orange County Water Authority and it comes as a sort of mirror to the United States’ formation out of Great Britain. They list a series of concerns in a report, saying they disagree with some decisions and policies of MWDOC.

The southern cities and agencies claim that the new water authority would save customers money. MWDOC’s rebuttal offers figures to back up its claim that, long-term, both the southern and northern cities would lose money. Not only that, but MWDOC is currently number 3 under the umbrella of MWD, and its power on the water board would suffer due to the division.

The article provides facts and rebuts so-called misinformation from the report. It looks like there is some tension among cities in Orange County regarding water. So, what will come of this? Will the southern cities get their wish and break away from MWDOC? Or can the two parties patch things up and retain stability within MWDOC?

What do you think of these developments? Read both sides of the issue and decide for yourself: MWDOC and South OC Water Authority.


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