Judge rules in favor of Crestview and other Settling Parties in Phase 2 of the groundwater basin adjudication.

An action to decide the relative entitlements of all persons pumping from our groundwater basin was started in 2018. On November 17 the judge filed a “Final Statement of Decision re: Phase 2” substantially adopting the Settlement Agreement entered into by Crestview and others constituting 87% of the owners of … 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

Use your water bill to determine your positive or negative contribution to our drought solution. 

In recent years, local groundwater has supplied 70-80% of Crestview demand, and the rest was imported.  This year, because of the severe drought, we need to rely solely on groundwater and import nothing.  We can achieve this if–averaged across users and months–we use only water in Tiers 1 and 2.… Read more

The Crestview board will decide April 28 whether our lawns live or die. You should Zoom in.

Our board must decide April 28 how to respond to the biggest water shortage emergency that has occurred in the 50-year history of the State Water Project.  There is regulatory pressure to restrict residential landscape watering to one day per week, or less.

Mandatory water conservation measures are being imposed … Read more

Mandatory conservation measures threatened by suppliers of imported water provide more justification for not selling the company, for getting out of the Well #8 contract, and for a new backup well.

On April 26 the Metropolitan Water District may limit landscape watering to once per week.  That would cut Crestview consumption 57%, and our rates would go up.  A recent letter from Crestview announced the draconian MWD rules would not apply to us if we reduce our consumption by just 20% … 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

The Governor’s recent order spares residential lawns from mandatory irrigation cutbacks, but there may still be pain. 

On March 28, Governor Newsom issued an executive order directing the Department of Water Resources to consider adopting by May 25, 2022 regulations that would ban “irrigation of non-functional turf in commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors except as may be required to ensure the health of trees and other perennial … 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