CVWD customers who pay replenishment assessment charges (RACs) will soon receive notices of proposed rate increases for fiscal years 2022 through 2026. The Board of Directors authorized mailing Proposition 218 notices at its April 13 meeting in time to meet a mandated deadline of 45 days prior to the board’s ratemaking hearing on June 2.
The new rate structures meet the District’s financial, operational and capital needs in a plan that equitably distributes costs and maintains groundwater affordability.
Producers and property owners who pump more than 25 acre-feet of groundwater pay RAC fees. The proposed increases will affect the East Whitewater River Subbasin and the West Whitewater River Subbasin.
Proposed East Subbasin rates would increase between 3 percent and 9.5 percent per acre-foot annually. Rates suggested for the West Subbasin would increase between 15 percent and 20 percent per acre-foot annually. No replenishment rate changes were forecast for the Mission Creek Subbasin for fiscal years 2022-2026.
The board also:
- Approved $149,580 to Woodward & Curran for consulting services to prepare a cost of service study for three developer charges --- water system backup facilities, supplemental water supply, and sanitation capacity.
- Approved advance funding not to exceed $4.1 million to the California Department of Water Resources for the CVWD’s share of the costs of the Perris Dam Seepage Recovery Project environmental analysis, planning and preliminary design. The project could recover a total of 7,500 acre-feet of water a year. CVWD’s estimated portion of that is 2,425 acre-feet, which will help the District achieve groundwater basin sustainability.
- Adopted a State Water Project tax levy increase from $0.10 to $0.11 per $100 of assessed value for the fiscal year 2022 tax roll. It affects properties within CVWD boundaries in Riverside and Imperial counties.
- Approved resolutions and agreements to allow CVWD to move forward in bond financing for the Oasis Project. Directors Peter G. Nelson and Anthony Bianco recused themselves. The project will expand the canal water system in the Oasis area to diminish groundwater pumping.