What a day — a David Nahai twosome.
So under siege over how much water he’s using for his 6,000 square-foot mansion in the hills, DWP General Manager David Nahai came clean today in the Daily News — twice as much water and more than three times as much electricity than the average ratepayer.
So much for his passion for the environment and conservation and piping toilet water treated repeatedly with toxic chemicals to the homes of the little people.
My head is still spinning from all the p.r. spinning Nahai is doing to turn his ostentatious consumption of precious resources into a virtue — an opportunity to lecture us on what we should be doing to reduce water and power use. Credit Alan Middlestaedt at Witness L.A. for raising the issue.
Call Nahai irresponsible: “Your gardener sets the sprinkler and it goes off at night, you’re sleeping, and the bill comes along and you pay it,” he said.
But don’t call him elitist: “Yes, it may be that I’m blessed with having
more assets than some and less than others, but I’m constantly mindful
of those people within the city who aren’t as able to fend for
themselves,” he said. “Contrary to the thought that I’m making some kind of
elitist statement here, I’m opening up my private life and I’m saying,
`Here is what I’ve discovered and here’s what I want to do to reduce
both my usage and my expenditures. Can you do the same?’”
Actually, I can and I didn’t have the privilege of his supposedly understaffed department sending out a team to audit my lifestyle.
Like Nahai, I have low-flush toilets and I recirculate water in my pool and I have a low-energy, low water consuming washing machiine. Unlike him, I have other low energy appliances as well. You could fit five of my houses inside his so you can bet I don’t have anywhere near the amount of light bulbs or air conditioning use.
Here’s an idea: Instead of gouging the little people with endless rate hikes, what if we determine the average residential use of water and power and start charging people sharply higher rates when they go above that. And for people like Nahai maybe we should charge five to 10 times the average rate.