Why are drought surcharges needed? There is plenty of water.

The District would prefer to have ample water supply and no surcharge.  Unfortunately, due to several years of drought conditions, we do need our customers to reduce water consumption to maintain our supplies of this critical resource.  That conservation, while needed to preserve water supplies, reduces District revenues.   However, most of the costs of operating the water system do not vary based on the amount of water consumption. Temporary surcharges are needed to ensure financial sufficiency to continue to operate the water system in a prudent and sustainable manner during the drought.  They will be rescinded as soon as the District has sufficient water supplies to rescind the water use restrictions.

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1. Why are rate increases needed?
2. Why are drought surcharges needed? There is plenty of water.
3. Why do you keep coming to us for money to fund employee salaries and benefits?
4. We’ve seen record-breaking rainfall. How can you still say we are in a drought?