Tier 1 rates to increase 33 percent April 1.

The Tier 1 usage rate will go from $2.85 to $3.79 per 1,000 gallons, effective April 1.  This is expected to generate enough revenue to meet the expense budget approved November 28, 2023, plus a new annual fee of $44,000 imposed by Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency. The budget covers Continue reading Tier 1 rates to increase 33 percent April 1.

Board raises rates and may raise them more after further study.

By a 4-1 vote on February 27, the Board raised the $9.00 per share per month Service Availability Charge to $12.90 starting March 1.  The Board will get more information from the rate consultant before making a decision about whether and how much to change volumetric rates for consumption. The Continue reading Board raises rates and may raise them more after further study.

Board to consider 20% water rate increase.

At its next meeting, the Board will consider a consultant’s report stating that water rates need to go up 20% to balance the expense budget adopted in November.  The report proposes increasing the Service Availability Charge (payable even when no water is used) 43% from $9.00 per share per month Continue reading Board to consider 20% water rate increase.

2016 staff report explains our three-tier rate structure.

A recurring issue is whether Crestview’s rate structure is fair, properly allocates costs between groundwater and imported water, raises enough revenue to cover costs and build reserves, and advances conservation goals.  Last month, the board wrestled with whether lowering rates would imperil critical conservation goals. In November 2015, there was Continue reading 2016 staff report explains our three-tier rate structure.

Our water rates went down September 1, and the board is poised to authorize an environmental study for Well #8.

The board increased the Tier 1 rate schedule limit from 4,000 gallons per share per month to 8,000 gallons.  This is an effective rate decrease for all shareholders who buy more than 4,000 gallons per share per month.  A letter announcing this change was included in the monthly bills mailed Continue reading Our water rates went down September 1, and the board is poised to authorize an environmental study for Well #8.

Status of three issues we are following

There are rumors of organizing activity for a group to compare 191 Alviso (which was rejected by the County Board of Supervisors) and alternative sites for a new well, but we have nothing concrete to report. Chooljian had shut down the alternative sites investigation in March but announced at the Continue reading Status of three issues we are following

Board to decide whether to lower our rates or keep them high to avoid even higher rates and severe use restrictions.

We are just barely on pace to achieve our drought response goal of not importing any water before September 30.  Should we lower rates and risk falling short of this goal, or keep rates high to constrain demand?  The board will consider that question on August 11. If it were Continue reading Board to decide whether to lower our rates or keep them high to avoid even higher rates and severe use restrictions.

Crestview may restrict water use and significantly raise rates by May 1.

Crestview normally gets 25% of its supply from northern California through The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (“MWD”), which supplies Calleguas Municipal Water District, which supplies Crestview.  Because of the drought, MWD is expected to adopt April 11-12 significant price increases, with credits for mandatory conservation measures. Calleguas will Continue reading Crestview may restrict water use and significantly raise rates by May 1.

It appears Well #4 will get a new pump capable of 1,000 GPM.

The staff report posted today for the March 3 meeting says, “multiple industry experts, engineers and contractors have arrived at the conclusion the placement of a well pump of either size (530 gpm or 1,000 gpm) at 680 feet will not materially change water quality.”  This should resolve the only Continue reading It appears Well #4 will get a new pump capable of 1,000 GPM.

What do you think of your January water bill?

How much higher was it than January, February, November, or December 2021?  Did you reduce your consumption because of the new rates?  Will you?  How could this rate increase have been avoided? What should Crestview’s board be doing about this right now?  Please comment below.  More importantly, send your comment Continue reading What do you think of your January water bill?