The Inland Empire Utilities Authority (IEUA) passed an ordinance in July that bans residents in the area that the agency controls from installing traditional water softeners in their homes
The Inland Empire Utilities Authority (IEUA) passed an ordinance in July that bans residents in the area that the agency controls from installing traditional water softeners in their homes. It appears that the utility agency only notified potential supporters to attend a public meeting to comment on the ordinance. As a result, the ban had unanimous support at the meeting.
The WQA has retained the services of a law firm of Jones Day that is requesting the IEUA to conduct a Public Meeting to address concerns about the ordinance and to allow opposing viewpoints to be heard. The PWQA and the WQA strongly oppose the ban; in addition, over 500 residents of the Inland Empire voiced opposition previously to the CA state legislation that IEUA is basing their ban on.
This proposed ban has serious ramifications. Residents would not be allowed to install, replace, or enlarge a softener in their home. That would prevent the consumer from replacing an older softener with a modern, more efficient unit that uses much less salt. Residents could face large fines and/or criminal charges for violations. Once again, the wrench police may be on the prowl for individuals who might be harboring a fugitive softener.
The PWQA will be monitoring this situation closely and will work in conjunction with the WQA to have our voices heard, our members businesses protected, and the ban overturned. It is important now more than ever to help us in this endeavor by renewing your annual membership, attending the PWQA conference in Irvine September 14th to 16th, and to remind other water treatment companies of the necessity of a PWQA membership.