The rate proposal includes increases to both the fixed
service charge and the per-unit consumption charge beginning March 1, 2017. For
the average single-family residential customer, these increases will amount to
approximately $23.87 on each bimonthly bill in 2017 ($11.94 a month) and $5.95
($2.98 a month) for each bill in 2018.
The decision to propose a rate increase does not come easy. Five years of drought
have cost ACWD about $60 million in revenue and every opportunity has been
taken to reduce or defer costs. The district has reduced staffing levels,
utilized reserves, deferred necessary projects, temporarily decommissioned
the Mission San Jose Water Treatment Plant, and taken advantage of our
diverse water supply portfolio to minimize water costs. Despite these
efforts, a significant gap remains between the cost of providing service and
the revenues collected in rates.
The proposed rate increases will fund major capital projects necessary to
ensure the reliable delivery of drinking water, address increased costs for
securing and treating water supplies, and create a greater measure of long-term
financial sustainability for ACWD.
At the Feb. 9 meeting, the Board also will consider launching the Help On Tap
program to assist low-income residential customers in paying their water bills.
The Board also will consider late bill payment fees of $5, as well as additional
fees for other services related to delinquent accounts.
You may submit a comment, vote of support or protest, and view a complete list of proposed service charges
based on meter size by visiting the Rate Proposal page.