Prop 218 Water Rate Change Public Hearing Information
When: Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Where: Virtual Meeting, Webinar ID 654-704-515
How: Please register for the Public Hearing at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3528431092614846731
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Why: Water rates must increase for several reasons, including the following:
- Our small water treatment plant, visible from the parking area for the Cozy Dell trailhead, needs to be replaced.
- A recent inspection of our water tanks found that one tank must be replaced in a few years.
- We must upgrade the Meiners Road pressure zone to improve fire flow reliability.
- The City of Ventura is suing around 14,000 pumpers and landowners in our area, including MOWD, to adjudicate groundwater in the Upper Ventura River Basin, where we have our wells. We have hired an attorney and are participating in the process. This is a very costly effort and we don’t know its effects on future budgets.
- As a necessary step to promote conservation, our backup water supplier, Casitas MWD, has increased its over-allocation charge from $1 to $5 per hundred cubic feet (HCF), and we must be able to pass that potential cost on to our customers who exceed their own water allocations in very dry years.
- Inflation has risen in the past year and we need flexibility to raise water rates if inflation continues to affect our operational costs.