In December, DWA customers saved 14% compared to 2013 water use. This is above our goal of 10-13% and better than we performed last December (9.5%).
We are grateful to our customers who have worked hard to save water and protect our water supply for future generations.
If you are interested in finding new ways to save, please visit our rebates and incentives page.
Valley's imported water supply gets boost
Today, the Department of Water Resources announced that the State Water Project allocation was boosted from 20 to 45 percent. This means we'll get access to more imported water that we can use to recharge our aquifer. The final allocation percentage will likely be announced in April.
Typically, DWR starts with a conservative percentage that is updated during the course of the water year based on various conditions (rainfall, snowpack, reservoir levels, etc.).
The drought is still not over, but so far this year is an improvement. Please keep working to conserve and obey the state and local restrictions still in effect. Visit www.dwa.org/restrictions to learn more.
DWA’s Board of Directors approved the first of five proposed rate adjustments at a public hearing Thursday, December 15th.
The initial increase went into effect on January 1, 2017, which impacts the average water customer’s bill by less than $4.00 a month. Future rate increases will be reviewed and determined at public meetings closer to the date the rates would go into effect.
An independent financial study determined DWA was not charging enough to cover its costs. DWA is a not-for-profit water agency and can only charge the cost to provide water service. Even with significant cost cuts that amount to more than $21 million, rate increases are still needed. This increase will help DWA remain financially stable as costs rise, and replace and maintain an aging infrastructure.
For more information on the approved rate adjustment, please visit www.dwa.org/rates.