Proposed Rates - 2021
East Valley Water District has completed an independent cost of service analysis and is considering making changes to the current water and wastewater collection rates. As part of its commitment to transparent operations, the District will conduct a public hearing to consider implementing a schedule of increases to the agency’s water rates and wastewater collection charges over the next three years.
All members of the public are invited to attend the public hearing.
- Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
- Virtual Meeting Online, Telephonically or Through the Microsoft Teams App. Click here to join meeting or call +1 (209) 425-5876 Conference ID: 878 461 520#
The public hearing will be conducted pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution. The public hearing notice was sent to all property owners, who may submit a written protest to the proposed rate changes.
EVWD is committed to a long-term approach focusing on reliability and affordability. Updating rates would ensure that the District can meet regulatory requirements and operate critical infrastructure of the water and wastewater system, while maintaining financial stability. These updated rates will allow the District to address the continued needs of our community. Projects that will be completed in this rate cycle would include:
- Enhancements to the Water Treatment Process at the Current Surface Water Treatment Plant
- Accelerate a Systematic Pipeline Replacement Program
- Design and Construction of a New Surface Water Treatment Plant
- Replace and Increase Existing Wastewater Pipeline
- Enhance Preventative Maintenance Program
- Operate the Sterling Natural Resource Center
East Valley Water District values your input throughout the rate consideration process. If you have any questions or comments about the proposed rates you may participate in the following ways:
Virtual Public Hearing Participation
In accordance with open meeting laws during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the public are welcome to participate in the Virtual Public Hearing regarding the proposed rate changes on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:30pm. To attend online, telephonically or through the Microsoft Teams App, visit www.eastvalley.org/rates2021 for details and login information. Property owners may submit written protests which must be submitted by the close of the hearing. You will have an opportunity to speak, but verbal comments alone do not qualify as a formal protest.
If you are a property owner who receives water and/or wastewater services from EVWD, you have the right to file a formal written protest. These written comments may be mailed to East Valley Water District, Attention: District Clerk, 31111 Greenspot Road, Highland, CA 92346 prior to the public hearing. Protests must specify the rate or charge being protested and must include: your name, parcel number and/or service address, and your signature. Email protests will not be included in the formal tally. Written protests may be left at the District’s payment drop off located at the District’s headquarters.
Virtual Public Hearing Process
At the time of the Public Hearing, the Board of Directors will tally and consider all written protests and objections. If a majority of the property owners directly liable for paying water bills submit written protests in opposition to the proposed rate increases, the increases will not be imposed. If a majority protest is not received, EVWD’s Board of Directors may vote to modify the rates in consideration. If adopted, water rate increases would be implemented on January 1, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Wastewater rates could take effect as soon as January 1, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Implementation is dependent on the opening of the SNRC.
What are water rates used for?
Water rates are used to fund the operational needs of providing safe and reliable water services. Costs include electricity, water treatment, water costs, capital project construction, debt finance, materials, supplies, and salaries and benefits.
What are wastewater rates used for?
Wastewater fees are used to fund the operations and maintenance of the wastewater system. Costs include capital project construction, pipeline repairs, heavy equipment, salaries and benefits, contract services, licensed software systems, debt finance, and materials.
If I am not connected to the wastewater system, will I be charged the new wastewater collection rates?
Customers with approved septic tanks are not charged wastewater fees. Only customers that are connected to the District’s wastewater system will incur these charges.