Fountain Valley, CA (October 10, 2017) - In a historic vote, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) Board of Directors voted to pay 26 percent of the financing for the California WaterFix. The twin tunnels project will modernize the State Water Project ensuring reliable water supply for generations to come. The Board also approved the project governance structure and to join the Joint Powers Authority to oversee the project.
"This is the right decision and I thank our representatives at Metropolitan and their colleagues who voted for the WaterFix for their leadership", said Wayne Osborne, Board President of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC). "We cannot afford to wait any longer to finish the State Water Project and ensure reliable imported water deliveries."
The vote passed by a margin of 68.97%, with all of Orange County's Metropolitan Directors voting 'YES' on the $17 billion mega project.
"We must plan for abundance", said MWDOC senior Metropolitan Delegate, Larry Dick. "It is better to have and not need, than need and not have. No single project means as much to our continued water reliability."
Construction of the State Water Project began in 1960 but was never completed, missing the vital water conveyance facilities bypassing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta). Decades of moving water through the Delta has caused undue stress to the environment, leading to an unreliable water system.
"If we fail to support the completion of the State Water Project, all of our previous investments will be wasted," said Director Brett R. Barbre. "This is not a vote for us. This is a vote for future generations for the growth and prosperity of our entire state."
Currently, environmental restrictions periodically halt pumping, even when water is abundant, interrupting deliveries to Southern California. The WaterFix, as the name implies, 'fixes' the issue by diverting some water underneath the Delta, alleviating stress on the system, while restoring the habitat for native fish and provides other environmental enhancements to the Delta.
MWDOC's 2016 Water Reliability Study found the California WaterFix to be the single most cost-effective project to ensure long term water reliability for Southern California.
Placentia, CA - The Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) Board presented the Placentia –Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board with the 2017 Conservation Credit check of $1,911.78. PYLUSD also received $47,700 after working with YLWD staff to complete the ‘health and safety waiver.’ The waiver was granted following a thorough analysis of the meter consumption of all the PYLUSD sites. The school district will be receiving a total of $49.611.78 to reinvest into the local schools.
Dear Valued Yorba Linda Water District Customer,
With the incredible response from YLWD customers, the District was able to meet the State Water Resources Control Board’s 36% conservation mandate based on 2013 usage data. On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the YLWD Board unanimously approved a one-time application of a Conservation Credit in an equal dollar amount to active customer connections for water service from penalties assessed from July 2015 to May 2016.
1. What is the amount of the refund given to each active water connection?
Customers with water service as of July 25, 2017 will receive a one-time credit of $44.46.
2. How are the credits being calculated?
The balance in the Administrative Penalty fund is $1,105,722.93. The credit will be given to 24,872 active customer connections for water service. The one-time credit is $44.46.
3. Can I file a claim or complete any paperwork to receive the refund? Is there a time limit to file for the refund?
No action is required on your part. The credit has been applied to your account and will be reflected on your next bill beginning in August 2017.
4. Why am I receiving a credit?
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the YLWD Board unanimously approved a one-time application of a Conservation Credit to active customer connections for water service to encourage customers to utilize the credit to adopt Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 “Making Conservation a California Way of Life” for YLWD. The following recommendations will provide increase water use efficiency in your outdoor landscaping.
The 2017 Water Quality Report is complete.
Please Note: As of June 2013, State and Federal laws allow electronic delivery of the Annual Water Quality Report. To save money, the District is no longer mailing out hardcopies of the Annual Water Quality Report to our customers. A digital copy is available here: http://www.ylwd.com/WaterQualityReport.pdf.
If you still wish to receive a hardcopy, please stop by the District's office or contact us at 714.701.3000 and we will be happy to send one to you in the mail.
No longer saddled with a 36% conservation mandate from the State Water Resources Control Board, the YLWD Board of Directors voted unanimously to reduce the Basic Service Charge for all customers.
Customers with one inch meters will see their meter fee reduced $9.08 to $32.49; customers with 3/4 inch meters will be billed at $19.45, a reduction of $6.84.
The new lower rates come with the anticipated increase in annual water sales after the Board loosened watering restrictions and suspended Administrative Penalties last month. The monthly basic service rates were calculated with forecasted increases in water sales to remain revenue neutral.
“The conservation edicts from the Governor were dramatic and unprecedented,” said Board President Ric Collett. “It forced us to have to do something dramatic to keep from defaulting on our bonds and potentially go out of business. As the State has changed the rules, we’ve done everything we can to protect the public’s water and be fiscally responsible. That also means not collecting more than we have to.”
The reduction comes in spite of the fact that costs for both groundwater and import water have increased.
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