By a 4-1 vote following a public hearing, the CVWD Board of Directors on June 8 adopted new domestic water rates and charges for fiscal years 2022-2026. The rates will take effect July 1.
“Overall, increases are about 5% for fiscal 2022 and 2023, 11% for fiscal 2024, 9% for fiscal 2025 and 7% for fiscal 2026,” said Director of Finance Geoffrey Kiehl.
Four customers spoke against the increases via Zoom or by phone. The District received 116 written protests. Director Anthony Bianco voted against the adjustments.
The new rates are based on a five-year cost of service study conducted by a third party consultant that recommends a financial plan and rate structure that meets the District’s financial, operational and capital needs.
Customers pay monthly service charges and tiered consumption rates. Depending on meter size, most service charge adjustments will increase. Several, especially landscape/irrigation customers, will see decreases. More information about the rates is available at www.cvwd.org/ratechanges.
Rates in notices sent to domestic water customers were maximums based on the cost of service study. The Board will study the new rates annually and may change or approve them for the following year.
Kiehl focused on a graph that showed CVWD’s average single-family bills are less thanthose at other water agencies in the valley, except Myoma Dunes where the difference is a nominal $2.
The Board also:
- Rejected the single bid for construction and installation of roof access and safety improvements for several buildings at the Coachella campus and for safety improvements at the Ion Exchange Treatment Plants. The bid of $952,328 was nearly twice the estimated project cost, said Engineering Manager Dan Ruiz. District staff will re-evaluate options and present recommendations to the Board in the future.
- Authorized an agreement for $601,842 with environmental consulting firm Dudek for design of Phase 2 of the Avenue 66 Transmission Main Project. Grant funding of approximately $527,160 is available for this project.
- Agreed to buy property and liability insurance coverage through Willis Towers Watson insurance brokers for fiscal 2021-2022 for an amount up to $1,919,986.
- Heard that it will be asked in July to approve transfer delinquent and unpaid domestic water and sewer service charges to Riverside and Imperial county tax rolls as it has done since 1974. Staff expects transfers to be higher this year, approximately $350,000.
- Agreed to pay Southwest Protective Services $422,066 for annual security services to protect CVWD facilities. The firm has provided services to CVWD since June 2016.