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Public Hearing on Proposed Water Rates
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Meeting of the Board of Directors

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DWA recently sent notices informing its customers that the agency’s Board of Directors will consider a proposed rate adjustment at a public hearing on Thursday, December 15, 2016. If adopted, the proposed rates would go into effect on January 1, 2017. Independent financial experts conducted a rate study to identify rate adjustments needed to ensure that the agency covers its costs.
Starting November 1, Desert Water Agency
customers will only be allowed to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday, before
7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. on those days.

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Proposed Rate Increase

Like many other water agencies in the valley and across California, DWA must adjust water rates to cover the increasing costs necessary to deliver on-demand, high-quality water for customers. Independent financial experts recently concluded a rate study to determine how rates should be adjusted to cover costs. As a public water agency, DWA does not make a profit from the water services it provides.

DWA has made serious cuts to help offset the need to raise rates further. The agency has reduced pensions and medical benefits for employees, refinanced a bond, cut energy costs with renewables and rebates, and earned grant funding. Even with these cuts that amount to more than $21 million, rate increases are needed.

Factors that have increased cost of service since the last rate increases were approved in 2010: 

> Aging pipelines and infrastructure in need of replacement

> California restrictions and environmental regulations

> Increasing cost of imported water

> California's most severe drought in recent history

Click here to learn more about the proposed rates and  opportunities to get engaged. DWA is hosting several community workshops in November.

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 DWA water use restrictions are STILL in place. Please make sure you are following the rules. For information regarding emergency drought restrictions, click here.

Watering is ONLY allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. 


Want to learn more about the water you use every day? DWA's annual water quality report is chock full of information. Click here to dive in. DWA also recently developed a Public Health Goal Report and will be hearing public comment at our July 19 board meeting. 


Desert Water Agency customers have done a good job saving water. Click here for more information about the mandates.

Everyone needs to do their part to save. And remember, Don't Dismiss the Drought!


Save water and money with a DWA recycled car wash coupon from one of our partners.


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