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.”