The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Water, Water Gushing Everywhere

Apr 26, 2010

In Maryland, a “flush” tax was added to all water bills in 2005, with the promise that 66 major water systems would be upgraded. And this tax was on top of more than $400 a year collected for water and sewage from the average household.

Yet, five years later, a water pipe breaks on average once a day in Washington, D.C. and its Maryland suburbs. Baltimore has similar problems–frequent water main breaks.

Now some Maryland politicians, having done nothing with our money all these years, dare to propose still higher water rates in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

A city council member put it well, “Providing inexpensive reliable water is a fundamental obligation of government. If they can’t do that, they need to reform themselves, instead of just charging more.”