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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Shrinking groundwater allocations will raise our costs and impair the economics of a new well.

The “sustainable yield” of our aquifer is only 70% of current pumping rates.  When Crestview’s pumping allocations are reduced, we will have to pay higher rates to import more water, and a new well might be uneconomic with less water to be pumped.

Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency has adopted … Read more

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 … Read more

Two more misstatements in Crestview’s latest letter to shareholders

The letter with our January water bills states that the groundwater allocation lawsuit, going on since 2018, ís “directly responsible for 20% of the necessary rate increase.”  To the contrary, 100% of the increase pays for additional water purchases made necessary by the board’s negligent stewardship of Well #4, … Read more