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Kerr's Westermoreland water defense all wet

| Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County resident manager Christopher Kerr's letter “ Westmoreland water a bargain” : Kerr failed to disclose he is also part owner of the company Utilishield that provides insurance for MAWC waterlines. He profits from the growth taking place at the authority. How can Kerr serve as an independent manager serving the public interest and also as an owner of a private company benefiting from the decisions made on behalf of ratepayers?

Kerr's excuse for jacking up our rates 25 percent in 2013 and 25 percent this year is simply that everyone else is doing it so why not us? That's unacceptable.

In regard to his “regional approach,” he can use pollution as a reason we are paying more as his excuse. But anyone with common sense can clearly see a correlation between our rates going up and the number of new systems MAWC is purchasing on our dime. And what's happened to the millions of dollars in natural gas royalties from the Marcellus shale wells?

It's all about MAWC's pockets, not the ratepayers, regardless of how Kerr is spinning the issue.

Hope Pospisil

Unity

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