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City of Greensboro water fraud: The Randleman Dam Scam

I was hired to reduce public water use. But the real reason I was hired was so the City could claim it was "doing everything possible" to protect its water supply while it campaigned for an unnecessary $150 million new dam and reservoir. My employer expec

Updated: 2015-09-16T16:39:18.549-04:00


The Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up remains hidden


    THE END OF THE ROAD Forrest Gump said he stopped running because he was tired. I am tired, and that’s why I am concluding my exposé about Greensboro’s fraudulent pursuit of the Randleman Dam. I’ve been unsuccessful at galvanizing any support for an investigation into municipal corruption regarding the dam's approval and funding, so here is my final wrap. If you appreciate having abundant low-cost water delivered to your tap please read my final post and discover what's wrong about the workings of the average water works. A NATION’S WATER AT RISK The most misunderstood threat to our nation’s water supply is municipalities like the City of Greensboro, NC that sell water for profit. Why?—because they will always try and sell all they can. And when you try to maximize your water sales, water conservation is the last thing on your mind! The City won’t care that 35,000 toilets are leaking 24/7 because toilet leaks increase water sales by 2 million gallons a day! This represents a sale! And Greensboro needs to sell more water, because water use is declining. Water works routinely expand their systems even when water sales are declining because they’re managed by engineers who build things for a living. The manifest destiny of the average municipal water works results in the waste of trillions of US gallons annually and nobody is watching. That’s not all—water is heavy—so they also waste enormous amounts of non-renewable fossil fuels to provide the energy to distribute, collect and treat all the water that should have been be conserved but instead was sold for profit. Sadly, this unnecessary waste of water and energy will continue forever unless and until municipal water works are forced to change their ways. Who will force them? If you said the government, you’re wrong. Currently, state and federal governments encourage and reward municipalities like Greensboro for expanding their water works, so it does not appear that government will ever become the change-agent that mandates water efficiency for municipalities. A CASE STUDY IN THE MAKING Soon the water-for-profit quagmire will be demonstrated locally right here in Randleman, NC. Although more than a decade behind schedule, the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority (PTRWA) (The Randleman Dam agency) will begin selling water within the next few months. And like most municipal suppliers, PTRWA will sell as much of the new Randleman Reservoir as it can every day! And PTRWA will expand its operation regardless of need because that's the mindset of water works engineers.  WHAT ABOUT WATER CONSERVATION? PTRWA (Randleman Reservoir)(RanRez) will never promote the practice of water conservation until drought happens and its reservoir become empty. Once the drought ends, RanRez will go right back to selling (wasting) all the water it can. RanRez' views about water conservation will be just like the majority of US municipalities that offer plenty of water con-VERSATION and no real water con-SERVATION. Any mention of "water conservation" by a water-selling-for-profit utility is a joke! FACT: The National Water Conservation Conference is the place where WC Coordinators lament that their engineer-directors are only interested in water sales and water works expansions. Water Utility Managers have zero interest in water conservation!...but if you stick a microphone under their chins and ask them, they will sing praises about water conservation and claim they are doing everything possible to help customers use water efficiently. WC coordinators resort to conducting school tours and printing WC literature because they are prevented from doing projects that save water (reduce sales). The only time their bosses appear interested in water conservation is when they are on camera. Whenever the water engineer/director oversees the water conservation program, the fox is guarding the henhouse. Do you still not un[...]

News & Record Editor John Robinson


In 1997 as a whistleblower working inside Greensboro's city hall I began sending News and Record Editor John Robinson shocking news that Greensboro water use was declining! He refused to print it. He said to me, "That’s not news—because with a water conservation program now operating, water use should be declining." Editor Robinson was spiking the news story that would have destroyed the city's campaign for the unnecessary $150 million dollar Randleman Dam! And I cannot prove this, but I believe Editor Robinson hung up and then called City Manager Ed Kitchen to inform him that Mike Baron was whistleblowing about the decline in water use. Water use continued to decline several years in a row during a booming economy when record numbers of Greensboro building permits were issued! The City of Greensboro had predicted that water use would skyrocket. Editor John Robinson joined the dam scam conspiracy and prevented the News and Record's readers from learning that real water use was declining while the City was falsely claiming water use was increasing. Robinson and his daily newspaper had endorsed the dam project and printed numerous stories (city propoganda) about why the Randleman Dam was needed. His newspaper convinced the citizens to support the dam. Declining water demand was BIG NEWS because had the public known that water use was going DOWN instead of UP, it would have begun to question the need for the controversial Randleman Dam. 15 years have passed and the citizens of Greensboro still don't know that water use (water sales) is lower now than when RanDam was being pitched as the only solution for a city "running out of water." The News and Record knows that the citizens don't know the facts ....and it still refuses to print them. It sent a reporter to cover my post-termination news conference who was on her last day of work and beginning a new job the following week in Texas. That shows how little interest the daily newspaper had in reporting the truth. Why didn't the News and Record inform its readers that the City of Greensboro's water sales are lower now than 15 years ago? Why won't the News and Record tell citizens that the City of Greensboro's 1995 projected water needs created to justify RanDam never came true? Mike J Baron Greensboro's only water conservation manager 1994 to 1999 [...]

To the Jamestown News: Get your dam story straight


Today the Jamestown News published a dam story based on fiction. Reporter Carol Brooks wrote: “Discussion about building a regional water system actually began in the 1930s because the Triad area is prone to drought.” Ms. Brooks, who told you that proneness to drought is what began the discussion of the dam and reservoir in the 1930’s? That’s a lie! The dam was for flood control and the initiative was eventually abandoned. Drought has become the new excuse for RanDam—because Greensboro, the driving force behind the approval of RanDam never did see the huge increase in water sales it had projected (See chart at end of post). The Army Corp of Engineers employs government engineers who build things for a living. They will think up projects because that’s their job…and their job security. The Army Corp of Engineers operates just like the Greensboro water works that continues to build in spite of a decline in water sales. When you give government engineers a giant Erector Set and a big budget they are going to propose projects and then build them. That’s the name of the game. If Greensboro’s water engineers stopped designing and building they would be out of a job (DUH)! But when you are a monopoly like the Greensboro water works you can do whatever you want! Greensboro and High Point never needed RanRez water and now their taxpayers and water customers are stuck paying for daily allotments. Greensboro residents should realize that it costs more to operate three water plants than it does to operate two water plants. FACT: Greensboro purchased 53% of RanRez and it has expanded its water works by 75% during a 15 year decline in water sales. And nobody knows but the few who read the Randleman Dam Cold Case Files.   QUESTION: During periods of dry weather would the City of Greensboro ever prematurely impose water restrictions on citizens and businesses when restrictions aren't needed? ANSWER: Of course it would! It's a proven tactic that works ever time it is tried. Restrictions convince citizens of the "need" for Randleman's water and prepare them to foot the bill. [...]

Greensboro Water Director claims we are headed for a disaster!


The Miami Herald did a story yesterday about the rising costs of repairing the water works infrastructure—a growing national problem. It interviewed Greensboro’s water chief Allan Williams because he was formerly Jacksonville Florida’s utility director. Several experts quoted in this story indicated that water rates need to rise 20 to 25 percent and Williams agrees.

 "People don't want to pay for this so they take it for granted,'' said Williams. “But by keeping rates artificially low, the effects are going to snowball and it's going to become a disaster.''

What the City of Greensboro is not telling you is that infrastructure costs are skyrocketing but water sales are lower than 15 years ago. Therefore, cash flow is a problem. But Greensboro cannot cite low water use as the problem because it predicted that water sales were going to increase and they didn't—they fell. Without the anticipated revenue from increased water use the only way to raise cash now is to raise the water rates.

Greensboro never needed the Randleman Dam. The money it wasted for it could have been applied to water works infrastructure repairs.

Lack of rain excites dam scammers


This morning on Snooze 2 TV the weatherman announced the Triad is beginning to feel the effects of the lack of rain. And the City of Greensboro dam scammers couldn’t be happier! That’s because they need a new excuse for RanDam after their 1995 projections of escalating water demand never came true!

During the last prolonged drought dam scammers like GSO Water Czar Allan Williams took advantage of every opportunity on camera to warn citizens about Greensboro’s “water shortage” and paint RanDam as the obvious solution.

FACT: Greensboro got through its last lengthy drought with relative ease—and without RanDam! Its reservoirs did better than those in other NC cities. Why?—because water use is lower than it was 15 years ago! ...but the city won’t tell you that and neither will the lamestream media!
Instead they showed you photos of RanRez full to the brim (because none of the six communities were drawing water from it.) What they didn’t tell you is that during a drought RanRez will empty much faster than other reservoirs because the Deep River that feeds RanRez is actually a shallow stream.

With low water sales and a 75% expansion of the water works, drought protection is the new excuse for RanDam. Long ago its purpose was because citizens were fed that Greensboro was "running out of water." That was never true—but it's a wonderful fear tactic to get an unnecessary dam approved.

CAUTION: The dam scammers are downright nervous about their fraud becomming exposed so use good discernment whenever Greensboro’s slanted water reports reach you on TV or in print. For a more detailed story about RanRez as phony drought mitigation, click here.

To receive the RanDam Cold Case Files in your inbox, click here and type Randleman Dam Scam.It is so easy a cave person can do it.

Paradigm shift: Greensboro as a water exporter


The thought of the City of Greensboro exporting water to a far off land like Alamance Elementary School near Pleasant Garden would have been preposterous years ago. But Greensboro has a new problem that it wishes to keep hidden: The city has a huge surplus of H2O and it needs new water customers to consume that surplus.

Remember, Greensboro's water rate is DOUBLE for its water customers living in Guilford County. Maybe the rate should TRIPLE for counties outside of Guilford County? This school will become a cash cow for the water department.

Greensboro has vastly overbuilt it water works while the news media slept. The city now owns 53% of the RanRez output and it has no need for the water! Is it any wonder why a distant elementary school will be Greensboro's first foreign water customer? This school will drink from Greensboro's vast water surplus. 

Greensboro is exporting water! Ca ching ca ching. It's just too bad that sound will NOT be profit.

Jamestown News- "Greensboro knew by 2003 it did not need Randleman’s water"


The Jamestown News reports today (see story) that Greensboro knew by 2003 it did not need Randleman’s water.

Jamestown News:

"Work on the dam and lake began in 2001 and was finished in 2003. By then, High Point and Greensboro said they didn't need the water but in 2008 both municipalities agreed to finance their portion. They later pulled out of the proposed bond referendum, selling their own bonds and paying the PTRWA their portion."

Greensboro never needed the Randleman Dam. It was a scam.

Its secret objective was to accelerate growth but it was pitched to citizens and to the feds for survival to get RanDam approved and funded.

Now the RanDam Scam is a cover-up.

RanRez' biggest water customer—the City of Greensboro


According to yesterday’s News and Record story, half of the PTRWA (RanRez operators) budget will come from purchases made by its biggest water customer—the City of Greensboro. RanRez will earn about $3.7 million dollars annually for just 6 million gallons of water taken by Greensboro every day. The city currently uses about 32 million gallons a day so one-fifth of its water will now be imported from Randleman. The big question is WHAT WILL GREENSBORO CHARGE ITS CUSTOMERS FOR THE WATER IT IMPORTS FROM RANREZ? The water department is certain to add “shipping and handling charges” and that’s certain to raise the price of water for Greensboro’s customers. Remember, water chief Allan Williams assured everyone that “RanRez water will be less expensive that Burlington water.” That's a ridiculous statement but you can count on the fact that somehow on paper Greensboro will show that RanRez water is a bargain. And once again Greensboro will not be telling the truth. But the real question is “How much more expensive is RanRez water than the water produced at Greensboro’s own water plants?” Why?—because the GSO plants must cut production by 6 million gallons a day (mgd) to make room for the 6 mgd imported from RanRez. Even a cave person can do the math. Greensboro’s dirty little secret is that it has enjoyed a water surplus for more than a decade now. Greensboro never needed Randleman's water but now by contract it must purchase 6 million gallons DAILY from Randleman. And that will drive up the cost of water for everyone.       To suscribe to the Dam Cold Case Files click here and type in Randleman Dam Scam[...]

The day the water stopped flowing—a must read for Greensboro taxpayers


On Tuesday afternoon, May 24, 1994 after a heat wave and a frenzy of lawn irrigation, water stopped flowing from faucets in northwest Greensboro. Businesses were forced to close. The city and the news media went bonkers over the water outage. It was the "event" the Randleman Dam scammers had been waiting for. “We knew this was going to happen sooner or later,” said dam scammer Tom Phillips, former Greensboro City Council member and member of the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority (PTRWA). Nobody seemed to know or care that this day's water failure was entirely preventable!   With dam fools like Tom Phillips hyping a water shortage, Utility Director Ray Shaw was able to take a calculated risk and allow his water works to fail. Phillips’ statement revealed both his ignorance of how a water system works and his marketing savvy for pitching an unnecessary dam. His and other city leaders’ comments insulated Shaw from any blame and paved the way for City Council to advance its dam agenda. UTILITY DIRECTOR RAY SHAW SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED! Why?—because had a fire broken out in northwest Greensboro that day, LIVES COULD HAVE BEEN LOST and PROPERTY WOULD HAVE BEEN DESTROYED—all because of the dam fantasy of a few city leaders and developer/profiteers like Robbie Perkins and Dick Grubar who sat on Greensboro’s City Council! Ray Shaw knew that a small-scale distribution system failure would help him achieve his career dream and theirs too—the Randleman Dam. The "Shaw of Utilities" survived the system failure without a scratch. And boy did City Council love the result! Can you hear me now citizens of Greensboro? What part of conspiracy do you not understand?  Not a single news reporter or city council member ever asked, “Could this water failure have been prevented?” Instead, city council put on its blinders and forged ahead with a re-action plan that included the start-up of a Water Conservation program—me, and the push for the approval of the Randleman Dam. Years of dishonest propaganda followed before the dam was finally approved. The past decade has revealed the city’s claim about “running out of water” was a fabrication. This is how Greensboro government conducts business when no checks and balances are in place and spineless local news reporters and their editors refuse to investigate the politics, profits and pride behind every public works project. This forgotten event on May 24, 1994 is what helped secure an unnecessary and astronomically expensive new dam and reservoir for the City of Greensboro. There were numerous cost-effective alternatives to the Randleman Dam that would have increased Greensboro’s water supply and reduced demand. But thanks to the dam scammers all of the better alternatives were scrapped to secure the Randleman Dam. And the result—the Greensboro water works monopoly is now radically overbuilt while real water use is less than it was 15 years ago!   And to make matters worse, Randleman Dam has not attracted the industrial customers that were expected to relocate to Greensboro and swallow up the huge surplus of RanRez water that Greensboro has purchased. Residential water users must now pick up the tab for the industries that were supposed to relocate to Greensboro. Now you know that one preventable water distribution failure in 1994 changed everything! It was the water failure the dam scammers needed to get their project moving. Only you can help this story get the traction it deserves. Send it to your neighbors and elected officials. Or, just call somebody and tell them to Google two words - dam scam. To receive the Dam Cold Case Files in your inbox, type Randleman dam scam here. [...]

Former Utility Director Ray Shaw


When you were a child did you ever break a toy so your parents would buy you a bigger or better one? That’s what former utilities director Ray Shaw did with Greensboro’s water works. I was the department spokesperson and I saw how he did it. Shaw wanted bigger water plants, more pumping horsepower and his career dream fulfilled—the construction of the Randleman Dam. Shaw ran the reservoirs and the distribution system into the ground because he knew that failures were the fastest way to get approval for the projects he wanted. If you have read my stories you know how he did it? Feel free to ask questions.

Next from the Dam Cold Case Files: Tuesday, May 24, 1994 was the only day in Greensboro’s history that water stopped flowing from the tap. Businesses were forced to close. Was it an accident? ....or was it allowed to happen for a reason?

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Dam Scam author to begin new series


The Greensboro Water Conservation Truth and Reconciliation Task Force (GWCTRTF)* reports that Dam Scam author Mike J Baron is launching a new series called the Dam Cold Case Files. Each brief post will consist of a single paragraph containing fewer than 100 words of straight-to-the-point reporting that any local journalist can understand.  

Over two years ago Mr. Baron offered to submit to an independent polygraph test to corroborate his eyewitness reporting of Greensboro's $75 million dollar water fraud. To date, none of the Triad's news agencies have offered to arrange one. In fact, none of the Triad's news agencies have even interviewed Mr. Baron a single time or even telephoned Mr. Baron a single time since he began his Randleman Dam Scam exposé on March 28th, 2008. This is most strange because Baron, twice a United States Environmental Protection Agency 1st place award-winner and a Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Environmental Stewardship award-winner was the local news' "go-to person" while he was employed at city hall. Baron was a frequent live guest on WFMY TV 2 and WGHP TV Fox 8 evening newscasts but since he blew the whistle on Greensboro's water fraud, both stations and the entire Triad new media refuse to interview him or even report the facts he's posted in his stories.

To quickly find Baron's eyewitness stories simply Google two words—dam scam.

*GWCTRTF—there isn't one yet but there will be someday because the Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro.

"Get ready to pay a higher water bill" WFMY TV News 2


Reported last night by WFMY TV News 2. ( Get Ready To Pay A Higher Water Bill) "Greensboro's water resource director says the city needs the money to pay for system maintenance, and help cover a $200 million dollar bond debt." "Water Resource Director Alan Williams warns if the city doesn't raise rates now, they* could have to increase them 12 to 13 percent next year." LOW WATER SALES HAS NOT BEEN REPORTED Greensboro's water sales have fallen to what they were 2 decades ago! Manufacturing has relocated to Asia and yet the Greensboro water works monopoly is expanding by 75%. To justify its unnecessary investment in RanRes Greensboro now claims that water use will double over the next 40 years! But history shows the city cannot accurately forecast water needs even 3 years into the future and now it is forecasting to 2050. Has the local news media asked Greensboro what would cause water sales to DOUBLE over the next 40 years?—nope. This is the Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up. It is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro. WFMY News 2 has never reported Greensboro's 15-year decline in water sales and it refuses to investigate the dam scam. ECONOMICS 101: As the PRICE of Greensboro water goes UP, the DEMAND for Greensboro water goes DOWN *Why does Williams use "they" instead of "we?" Isn't it his water department?[...]

City of Greensboro water sales chart tricks


Today's price of GOLD
Today’s GOLD chart begins at $1,170 an ounce and not zero dollars an ounce. That’s done for a very good reason.

Can you guess why the City of Greensboro begins its water sales chart (below) at zero million gallons per day?

Stay tuned for more City of Greensboro water sales chart tricks.....

This chart begins at 20 million gallons per day and not zero gallons per day like the city's chart. TIP: If the gold chart began at zero dollars an ounce it would appear that the price of gold has stayed the same.

Why extend Greensboro's water to Alamance Elementary School?


Those who are aware of the 15-year decline in Greensboro's water sales know the real reason why the city wants to extend a water line to Alamance Elementary School. Greensboro needs new water customers! It bought more water than it can ever use! Greensboro has a lock on 53% of Randleman Reservoir! The dam scammers convinced everyone that GSO needed RD water to survive. That was a lie. It was city insiders, developers and Perkinsheads that wanted Randleman's water to profit from new industry. But manufacturing now runs on Asian water instead of Greensboro's water. Greensboro needs water use to increase so badly that it even ended its own EPA award-winning Water Conservation Program. Beginning this July the city is under contract to purchase 6 million gallons a day (mgd) from Randleman Reservoir. Greensboro has no use for 6 mgd! None! ZERO! NADA! And yet you would not even know had you not come here to have a drink of the truth. The rest of Greensboro is in the dark thanks to a complicit* news media. *From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: An individual is complicit in a crime if he/she is aware of its occurrence and has the ability to report the crime, but fails to do so. As such the individual effectively allows criminals to carry out a crime despite possibly being able to stop them, either directly or by contacting the authorities, thus making the individual a de-facto accessory to the crime rather than an innocent bystander. The Greensboro water works has expanded by 75% while water demand has declined over the past 15 years. Only a monopoly can expand during a decline in business. Greensboro is so dam defensive right now about its water surplus that everything the water works says and does should be seen as a cover-up. This is the Randleman Dam Scam. And one of its senior dam scammers—Water Director Allan Williams is still at the helm. The Dam Scam is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro. Williams has recently projected that Greensboro's water use will double by 2050. That unfounded claim is being repeated by others who are still in the business of justifying a dam that Greensboro never needed. Now the fraud is causing water rates to increase annually. Mike J Baron The City of Greensboro's only water conservation manager 1994 to 1999 7 5 %  E X P A N S I O N[...]

Rhino's Hammer comes down hard on Greensboro water


From Rhino editor John Hammer in City Budget Designed To Generate Outcry (May 28, 2010) “City budgets involve a good amount of smoke and mirrors, but for some reason the Greensboro Water Resources Department is in a class by itself. Council member Trudy Wade asked how the repairs to the Townsend Dam were paid for. It is about a $40 million project, so it was a fair question. With Water Resources Director Allan Williams, Finance Director Rick Lusk and Budget and Evaluation Director Larry Davis all sitting right there they couldn't come up with an answer. Wade was told that the fund balance in the water and sewer fund was about $28 million. The 2009 audit reports a fund balance of $48 million. So it appears the city has spent $20 million from the fund balance this year, but who knows?” Citizens of Greensboro—Can you hear me now? Greensboro faked its need for the Randleman Dam. A 15-year decline in water sales followed and its being kept a secret by the city. The water department is currently expanding by 75% during this 15-year decline by purchasing 53% of Randleman Reservoir. Beginning in July Greensboro under contract must purchase 6 million gallons per day(mgd) from Randleman Reservoir—water it does not need!....which will raise the price of water to customers. To further justify its Randleman water grab the City of Greensboro has just come out with a prediction that its water use will DOUBLE over the next 40 years! This is the Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up. It is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro. [...]

City of Greensboro finally publishes a NEW WATER FORECAST


THE WATER CHART WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR HAS ARRIVED After 15 years of silence the City of Greensboro has finally published a new water needs chart (above). If you don't believe this is the city's exact chart, you can find it here on the city's website. Like your auto insurance policy or your credit card interest statement, this chart is intended to confuse you. MY PREDICTION COMES TRUE On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 I predicted that if the City of Greensboro ever produces another water forecast chart it will begin the chart's “Y axis” at zero million gallons per day (mgd). You will find my prediction here. That prediction made almost one year ago has now come true. The reason why Greensboro begins its “Y axis” at zero mgd is because it has much to hide. The city should have begun its “Y axis” around 20 mgd to provide a close-up of what is going on with its declining water sales. GOLD CHART HAS THE ANSWER Notice in the chart to the right how the gold market begins its "Y axis" at $880.00 per ounce. If it began the chart at zero dollars per ounce (zero on the Y axis) everthing would be compressed and it would look like the price of gold has not changed! That’s exactly why Greensboro begins at "zero mgd" instead of 20 mgd! Yes, the City of Greensboro has much to hide—its declining water demand and its failed water needs projections that were fabricated to justify the Randleman dam. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED If you have not heard what really happened to Greensboro's water sales forecast, see my chart below..... (click to view full size) FALSE CLAIM Right from the beginning the city's new chart makes a false claim. It shows that water use increased between 1990 and 2000. Will anybody question the city's misrepresentation of fact? The city's new chart is also wrong between 2006 and 2010 where it shows a steady increase in water use.  DRUM ROLL....AND NOW FOR THE CITY'S NEWEST WATER FORECAST Water demand has declined ever since 1994 and the city has cleverly concealed this fact for 15 years! Now, beginning this year the city is predicting that water sales will steadily and dramatically increase ......until 2050. That's how it plans to justify three more expansions of the Randleman water treatment plant (see arrows). THE DAM SCAM CONTINUES Do you really think that water demand will increase given that manufacturing has departed, migration from the north has slowed and the price of water is rising? Do you want even more water purchased from Randleman in 2022, 2030 and 2040 when the city has such a poor track record of predicting its future water needs? Beware, because this is what your city is planning to do. Why have you not seen the city's new water forecast chart in the local news? Why hasn't any local reporter brought it to your attention? There's a cover-up going on, that's why. Greensboro purchased 53% of Randleman Reservoir and it is about to expand its water resources by 75%...after a 15 year decline in water sales. This is the Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up. It is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro.   [...]

Snooze 2 cannot put 2 and 2 together and come up with a WATER FRAUD


WFMY TV 2 reported yesterday that “Greensboro Water Resources Director Allan Williams said the city needs the money for purchasing water from Randleman Reservoir.” Hold on a second. Why does the city need money to purchase water from RR? The water it purchases is turned around and sold at a profit to Greensboro's water customers. Therefore the sale of RR water pays for the purchase of RR water. QUESTION: So why is Williams saying the city needs money to purchase RR water? ANSWER: It’s because the city does not need water from RR—but by contract it must take it anyway! That means production at Greensboro’s two water plants must be cut back by 6 mgd to accept the 6 mgd of water from RR. And, you can count on the fact that RR water will be more expensive that Lake Townsend water!  When PTRWA sets its price for exported RR water don't expect the City of Greensboro to disclose it. And then don't forget Greensboro has to suck RR water uphill 15 miles and then "mark it up" to its customers to net some profit. Remember, GSO Water Czar Williams said that "RR water will be cheaper than Burlington water."  LOL FORECAST A FAILURE The City of Greensboro bought a whopping 55% of RR despite the fact that its water needs are lower now than they were 15 years ago and nobody but me is reporting this fact. The dam scammers overestimated Greensboro's need for water (see chart) and now the citizens must pay for the dam scammers lies, arrogance and pride. The Randleman Dam scam is the biggest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro! It’s too bad that Snooze 2 cannot put 2 and 2 together and come up with answers like these for its viewers. [...]

City of Greensboro cannot tell the truth behind the 9% water rate increase


The real reason for the 9% water rate increase is that Greensboro's water sales are in a 19-year slump. Not enough profit is being generated form the sale of water to pay for water works operations, water works improvements and the Randleman Dam projects. The City predicted it would sell 43 million gallons a day in 2009—it only sold 31 mgd. It overestimated by 4.4 billion gallons. Why won't the local news media tell you about the City's bogus future water needs projections that never materialized? The media is covering its tracks so it does not look dam foolish for failing to investigate the greatest municipal scam in the history of Greensboro—the Randleman Dam Scam. When citizens learn that water sales have fallen to the same level as in 1991 they realize the City's future water needs predictions were a complete failure. The City of Greensboro was never running out of water. It operated a scam to get the Randleman Dam so it could compete with the growth of Raleigh and Charlotte. A new water supply was supposed to attract industry and jobs. Now the City water works is in a real financial bind. It needs more CASH to run the operation and it cannot give the real reason for the need. When citizens discover the decline in water sales they will begin asking, “What the heck did we build the Randleman Dam for?" FACT: After a 9% water rate increase, less water will be sold in 2011 and more water will be conserved in 2011. The more expensive Greensboro water becomes, the less it will be used. FACT: Greensboro uses less water in 2010 than it did in 1995! The chart below contains real numbers obtained from the City of Greensboro Water Resources Department.  [...]

If you appreciate having abundant water delivered to your tap, please read this....


One of the greatest threats to our United States water supply is the fact that municipalities like Greensboro sell water for profit. The average water works is a sales organization disguised as a municipal service. LIFE LESSON: A government that funds itself through the sale of water will always SELL all the water it can. When in front of a camera that government will vociferously encourage the practice of water conservation to appear green, but its policies will aim to maximize water consumption (sales). PTRWA’s Randlemnan Reservoir is a perfect case study for municipal water inefficiency. PTRWA will sell all the water it can treat—every gallon of it! And the more water it treats the more water it will sell. PTRWA will never encourage water conservation until Randleman Reservoir is near empty and it PTRWA is running out of water to sell. Eventually PTRWA will have the most expensive water warden uniforms, the best high-tech communications systems, the fastest patrol boats and the most plush office chairs….all because it is a water-selling monoploy that sets its own water rates. Of course PTRWA will encourage water conservation…but it will never be serious about it. Just watch. Sadly, Greensboro no longer operates a water conservation program. Years ago when it did, the water department discovered that successful water conservation hurt water sales. For example, consider the 35,000 leaking toilets spread across the City of Greensboro. About 2 million gallons a day of drinking water is purchased by the owners of those leaking toilets! Why would a water department whose objective it is to sell water want to encourge their customers to fix those leaking toilets? Those toilets represent a guaranteed daily sale of 2 million gallons! Likewise, the City of Greensboro always ridicules the operation of lawn irrigation systems when it is raining—but it has done nothing to prevent their operation. I proposed an ordinance like they use out West in arid communities. It would require the installation of a $30 “rain switch” that automatically cuts “off” irrigation systems during rain events. It is so simple. Can you guess why GSO never adopted the "rain switch?" It’s because Greensboro is desperate to sell all the water it can, and sprinkler systems operating when it is raining represent sales. The story behind the dam scam is much bigger than me being fired for reducing water sales and Greensboro tricking its citizens into an unnecessary dam. It’s about government selling water when it should be conserving water. If you want more of my observations about the City of Greensboro read my story “Water Economics 101.” Today is World Water Day, a promotion of the United Nations. This is a good day for you to understand the profit motives that drive the City of Greensboro water department. I would appreciate your feedback. Please post a comment. A quick review of my water sales CHART explains why Greensboro is out to sell all the water it can. The folks down in Willmington wish that all the upstream municipalities like Greensboro would sell as little water as they can—because it would mean cleaner drinking water for Willmington. Unfortunately every municipality upstream uses (sells) all the water it can to make money. And now you know how water is wasted and polluted whenever government sells water for profit.[...]

Rhino changes its tune and now projects a "water surplus"


The Rhinoceros Times has been almost as bad as the News & Record when it comes to cheerleading for the Randleman Dam. Rhino editor John Hammer and Rhino reporter Scott Yost are both on record claiming Greensboro is in serious need of Randleman Reservoir water. It's been Hammer's contention that Greensboro could and should have been on Randleman water years ago. He was dumbfounded that Greensboro did not begin its pipeline connection to Randleman sooner because the city needed the water so bad. It didn't. Greensboro didn't need the water it has contracted to purchase 4 years ago...and it does not need Randleman water today. That's the real reason why the dam took so long to complete. Greensboro is secretly having buyer remorse over expanding its water works by 75% during a 15 year decline in water sales. It would be like your spouse buying a ocean freighter of toilet paper because you said, "Make sure you get some extra!" High Point is looking almost as silly as Greensboro. It does not need Randleman water for 20 years! It is no wonder why the dam took so long to build once it was approved and funded. And Greensboro cannot refuse the 6 million gallons it is under contract to purchase every day. There goes your water bill! "E X C E S S   W A T E R " But in yesterday’s paper (see story) John Hammer suddenly changed his tune. He wrote, “It is possible when Randleman comes online that Greensboro will actually have excess water to sell.”  You learned it from the dam scam pages! Whoa John Hammer! What happened to your many years of "water shortage" talk? How can there suddenly be a surplus? And John, why is it in yesterday's 900 word story you make absolutely no mention of Greensboro’s 15-year decline in water sales? Why must Rhino readers come here to the dam scam pages to learn the truth about what’s really happened to public water sales in Greensboro? I have offered my CHART to the Rhino and it has refused to print it! Why? Is it not news? Or is it too embarrassing to your newspaper's support of the dam? This is Hammer's first mention of a possible water surplus when Greensboro begins drawing only 6 million gallons a day (mgd) from Randleman. Hey folks, Greensboro is licensed to draw 28mgd! If it will have a surplus with only 6mgd, imagine how much that surplus will grow when it jumps to 12 and then 28mgd! Greensboro purchased a wopping 53% of Randleman Reservoir because the dam scammers took full advantage of everyone's fear of Greensboro running out of water? That was never true! Greensboro was never running out of water. The dam scammers used every trick in the book to fake a water shortage to get the dam! I was there. I saw exactly how they did it. Now go back and begin reading all my stories you skipped ....because you thought I was a lunatic claiming that Greensboro has a water surplus. How did a lunatic win so many awards? Greensboro never needed the Randleman Dam There were numerous smarter and far more cost effective methods of developing new water for Greensboro than the construction of Randleman Dam and Randleman Reservoir. I offered at least 6 of them. But the dam scammers rejected all alternatives and hailed the dam as the only solution for Greensboro. The dam was a scam then and the dam is a scam now. Remember, you heard it here first. Greensboro has had a water surplus for 15 years. It is all an illus[...]

DAM SCAM EXCLUSIVE: Adams Farm will drink its own waste water!


Here’s something really unusual about the City of Greensboro's water service to Adams Farm that impacts all Greensboro citizens. Greensboro residents and politicians don’t know this. Adams Farm residents don’t know this. Ed Cone does not even know this. It’s another one of Greensboro’s dirty little water secrets. IMPROPERLY ANNEXED When Greensboro annexed the Adams Farm community two decades ago it could not provide sewer service to the area. Adams Farm was simply too far away. So the City of Greensboro worked out an agreement with the City of Jamestown to accept Adams Farm’s waste water—for a premium, of course. However, because the City of Jamestown has no waste water treatment plant of its own, Jamestown then sends Adams Farm’s waste water on to the City of High Point for treatment at its Eastside Waste Water Treatment Plant—for a premium, of course. Adams Farm's customers are billed by the City of Greensboro like every other water customer. But the City of Jamestown bills Greensboro for Adams Farm's waste water. Then Jamestown pays the City of High Point to treat Adams Farm's waste water. So Adams Farm's waste water is marked up twice! You see, when it comes to annexation, the City of Greensboro does whatever it takes! The same "by hook or crook" applied to the Randleman Dam! Because Adams Farm customers pay the same waste water fee that other Greensboro residents pay, it means that all City of Greensboro water customers subsidize the extra costs of sending Adams Farm waste water thru Jamestown and then on to High Point. ADAMS FARM WILL DRINK ITS OWN WASTEWATER! In Greensboro’s scam to get the dam, because citizens feared the city was "running out of water" (Now proven to be false) they paid very little attention to the quality of the water that would flow into Randleman Reservoir (RR). Not many realize that just upstream from RR is High Point’s Eastside Waste Water Treatment Plant. It discharges into RR. They once considered bypassing RR and discharging the effluent below the dam, but folks below the dam said "NO!" Besides, if the discharge was sent below the dam, RR would have taken forever to fill up. RR needs that discharge to replentish the water it will sell. That means when Randleman Reservoir opens for business this summer, the 12 million gallons it sells each day will be replaced by discharge from High Point’s EASTSIDE Wastewater Treatment Plant just upstream. In fact, 8 out of every 10 gallons that replaces the daily take will be effluent from the sewer plant. He’s a diagram that explains the Adams Farm cycle: All Greensboro water customers will be drinking effluent (treated waste water) from the Eastside Plant, and Adams Farm residents will actually be drinking some of their own waste water!  Lee Spencer of the N.C. Division of Water Quality, Division of Environmental Health (see July 7, 1997 meeting minutes) also mentioned that "there are better water supply alternatives available to High Point and Greensboro, and these should be evaluated in great detail before settling on Randleman Lake as the only choice.” Lee Spencer also stated that he has “grave concerns with the proposed dam and water supply.” He was concerned that the water quality in the lake would not be adequate to protect environmental concerns and public health. It was asked if the limits for the Eastside WWTP will protect water quality standards. Jay Sauber (Division o[...]

Another dam silly News & Record story


Once again the News & Record is carrying water for the City of Greensboro and the Randleman Dam. In yesterday’s story (see Randleman Regional Reservoir's water quality passes test) it has reported that the water quality in Randleman Reservoir (RR) is just fine and not polluted by the discharge from High Point’s Eastside Sewer Plant like many warned it would be.

Of course the lake water tests just fine. It's been sitting still for a couple of years! Taft, your water quality story is not valid until the Randleman Reservoir goes into production and 12 million gallons has to be replaced every day by the discharge from the sewer plant. This is a bogus report from the PTRWA.
8 out of every 10 gallons feeding Randleman Reservoir will be treated waste water (effluent).
Yes, all City of Greensboro water customers will be drinking High Point's treated waste water. Yummy.

Greensboro's newest water customer complaint may be, "Hey, I don't taste enough chlorine in my tap water!"

News & Record lets city’s BIG FISH get away—again!


Once again News & Record reporter Amanda Lehmert could have landed Greensboro water's big fish Allan Williams (see N&R Sunday story)…..but she failed to set the hook. How could she have let Williams go without grilling him about declining water sales? Some reporter she is! Williams knows the day is coming when a microphone is shoved under his chin and he's asked to account for the 15-year decline in water sales. Williams better hope he's retired before that day arrives. N&R "CATCH AND RELEASE" interviewing.... Lehmert also let Williams off the hook last year on Feb. 9th (see graphic). Nobody at the daily newspaper dares to reel in Williams using the water history facts that I have published in my stories. Lehmert knows from my CHART that Greensboro is secretly suffering from declining water sales over the past 15 years. At the same time Greensboro has been spending many millions of dam dollars to expand its water works by 75%! Only a government run monopoly can expand its business during a 15-year decline in sales. Did Lehmert bring up any of this with Williams? Nope. The city is doing a great job keeping the decline a secret—and so is the News & Record. Once again Lehmert allowed Water Czar Williams to give every reason but the real one for the coming rate increases. And for sure Williams was not about to introduce the real reason on his own. FACT: Greensboro is selling less water today in 2010 than it did 15 years ago in 1995 when it was begging for the dam. Water rates must now go UP because consumption (sales) has gone DOWN. FACT: When the water rate INCREASES, water usage DECREASES. The larger the rate hike, the less water people will use. FACT: Each time Greensboro hikes the water rates the net effect is its own 3 reservoirs grow L-A-R-G-E-R! FACT: The less water people purchase, the more the city will have to charge for it.....resulting in less water being purchased. Greensboro could have solved its fabricated "water shortage" in the 90's if it had simply charged what other NC cities charge for water. The city deliberately kept its artificially low prices, discounts and other incentives until AFTER the dam was approved. Extremely low prices meant extremely high consumption and running the water works and at full capacity and draining the reservoirs.  [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Water department updates its water CHART


This is the City's Water Chart! It is halarious! The City has deliberately obscured the facts because it does not want you to know that water use has declined for the past 15 years!   The Water Works hid its chart here in the Greensboro City Government pages. Aren’t you glad the city is providing detailed water information? This is the only water CHART that's available from the water department. Below is my CHART that shows the decline in Greensboro water sales since 1995. My chart also shows Greensboro's projection of its future water needs. You don't have to be brilliant to figure out what has happened when you review my chart. QUESTION: Why does the Greensboro Water Resources Department NOT publish a history of water use (water sales)? ANSWER: Because it does not want you to know that it has expanded its water works by 75% during a 15-year decline in water sales! This is criminal! Only a monopoly fueled by a fraud and a cover-up can expand during a decline in sales! I was fired for reporting this fraud and refusing to participate in this fraud! [...]