Tuesday, October 23, 2018

#TXLEGE: The Legislature needs to take a SERIOUS look at Austin Water

"He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him."
Proverbs 14:2


In fairness to the city, in response to the backlash they're now claiming it will only take a "handful" of days.  Of course, the beautiful thing about the word "handful" is that it's so vague it can mean anything.  As one commenter on Twitter explained:

Here's the thing: Municipal Utilities are 100% within the jurisdiction of the legislature.

We're not sure what they should do.  Several possibilities exist.  They should start with basic financial accountability.

Another issue worth considering: There were drinking water related issues during Harvey.  Obviously, Harvey was a much bigger storm, and a much better reason for drinking water issues to exist.  But, aside from accountability for Austin Water's DEBACLE, there might also be a case to act of the grounds of emergency preparedness.

But that's not to minimize the case for holding Austin Water accountable for this breakdown.

Bottom Line: Accountability for municipal utilities needs to be a big part of the conversation next session....

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