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
Last year, Valley Water completed a scientific study of its groundwater benefit zones. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of geological studies, local groundwater, and the services Valley Water provides, the South County was partitioned into three zones. The partitioning ensures that ratepayers are grouped in a way that reflects the most recent and relevant data regarding the services and benefits received by well users. More information can be found online at https://www.valleywater.org/gwbenefits.
How will rates change?
Valley Water staff is proposing the following rates for the modified and new groundwater benefit zones in Fiscal Year 2021-2022:
- 4.6 percent rate increase for groundwater in Zone W-5, an average household increase of $0.74 per month
- 10.3 percent rate increase for groundwater in Zone W-7, an average household increase of $1.70 per month
- 4.4 percent rate increase for groundwater in Zone W-8, an average household increase of $0.50 per month
Agricultural water rates shown in the 2021-22 PAWS report reflects the direction provided by Valley Water's Board of Directors to set the Agricultural water rate at 25 percent of the lowest South County Zone W-8 Municipal and Industrial rate.
|Current charges 2020/2021||Proposed maximum charges 2021/2022*|
- Zone W-5
- Zone W-7
- Zone W-8
- All Zones
*Effective July 1, 2021