Well, you can't really expect all that much from a company that's only alive because of government bailouts; actually, you can't expect much whenever government gets involved in anything, these days. Among the latest examples: GM is announcing that they'd like you to park your SUV outdoors so it doesn't burn your house down. It's their latest recall.
And from Montgomery County, Maryland - and soon to a county near you: "Thanks for installing those low-flow toilets and faucets, those water-efficient washing mashines, and for keeping your lawns brown. Now meet your new maintenance and infrastructure fees."
“Our infrastructure needs are increasing greatly at the same time that less demand for water causes us to have less money to maintain our infrastructure,” Johnson said. “That’s why we need a fixed fee for infrastructure.”
Of course, we're seeing the same sort of thing play out here in Oregon, with our roads: Due largely to governmental mandates on gas mileage, fuel composition, and emissions, people simply aren't buying enough fuel at the pumps these days. Consequently, income from gas txes is dropping while road infrastructure (to say nothing of bicycle paths and light rail) costs keep climbing. As a result, all of the politicians are clamoring for a new annual road tax, a mileage tax, and any other tax they can come up with in their fevered little brains.