Our District Act provides that groundwater charges may be levied to further the protection and augmentation of the water supplies as well as produce groundwater for beneficial use; may be collected from all those within a zone who own or operate water producing wells whether currently active or not; and that groundwater production charge revenue may be used to pay for and incur debt for the following:
- Operate and maintain local reservoirs to capture water and fill recharge ponds to replenish the groundwater basin
- Purchase imported water and develop local water supplies to replenish the groundwater basin
- Monitor and protect groundwater from pollutants and saltwater intrusion
- Ensure proper construction and destruction of wells to help prevent contaminants from infiltrating the groundwater basin
- Plan, construct and retrofit infrastructure such as dams, pipelines, recharge ponds and pump stations to help sustain the groundwater table
- Operate and maintain pipelines, recharge ponds and pumping plants to help sustain the groundwater table
How will rates change?
The water district is proposing up to a 6.7 percent rate increase for groundwater, an average household increase of $2.93 per month.
Agricultural water rates shown in the 2019-20 PAWS report reflect the maximum allowed per the District Act and acts as a placeholder while Valley Water’s Board of Directors continues to deliberate its policy on agricultural water pricing.
|Current charges 2018/2019||Proposed maximum charges 2019/2020*|
*Effective July 1, 2019