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

Update on Crestview’s access to and need for imported water

Due to heavy rains in December, Calleguas Municipal Water District can probably get enough water from the State Water Project until about August and will be able to supply Crestview and its other customers through the rest of 2022 by drawing from reserves. It had been expected that the State Continue reading Update on Crestview’s access to and need for imported water

Two water supply insights from our general manager’s January 27 report

If the Department of Water Resources releases less than 25% of its contractors’ demands, Calleguas will not be able to supply all of Crestview’s 2022 needs for imported water.  DWR’s release allocations are dependent on reservoir conditions and snowfall in northern California.  Its initial allocation for 2022 was 0%, the Continue reading Two water supply insights from our general manager’s January 27 report

This month is critical for the Well #4 project—and Crestview’s future. 

Crestview expects to learn in February if the project to restart Well #4 and reverse the recent increase in our water rates is feasible.  If not, we will be stuck with high rates for at least two more years and be in an existential crisis. Onsite work began on Well Continue reading This month is critical for the Well #4 project—and Crestview’s future. 

What to expect in the Crestview board meeting at 4PM on Thursday, January 27 

Crestview spent $383,000 on Well #7 in 2021.  Total expenditures on Well #7 were $880,000 (exclusive of land).  Since the project was killed by the Board of Supervisors, that will have to be written off as a charge to earnings. The project to lower the pump in Well #4 got Continue reading What to expect in the Crestview board meeting at 4PM on Thursday, January 27 

The trial to determine our groundwater pumping rights has been delayed for probably six months. 

The trial in the groundwater adjudication lawsuit to confirm the partial settlement agreement confirming the pumping rights of Crestview shareholders, has been put on hold by the Court of Appeal until after a hearing scheduled for May 11, 2022.  Apparently, a law firm is appealing a trial court ruling that Continue reading The trial to determine our groundwater pumping rights has been delayed for probably six months. 

It appears our groundwater pumping rights may be set for the long term at about 4% less than our 2022 allocation. 

A partial settlement (subject to court approval) has been reached in the case filed in March 2018 to adjudicate the respective rights of all to pump groundwater from the Las Posas Valley Groundwater Basin.  This affects all Crestview shareholders, as the settlement confirms that we individually own the water rights Continue reading It appears our groundwater pumping rights may be set for the long term at about 4% less than our 2022 allocation. 

Budget approved.  New water rates take effect January 1, but might be changed again mid-year.

The Crestview board has unanimously approved the FY 2022 budget with a few changes from the draft.  The higher rates will not start until January 1.  Staff compensation increases were not included in the budget approval motion. If less water is sold than in the average of the last 4 Continue reading Budget approved.  New water rates take effect January 1, but might be changed again mid-year.

Our water rates will be going up by as much as 67% on December 1, 2021—just three days from now. 

The Crestview board is poised to adopt tomorrow (November 29) a budget for FY 2022, which begins December 1.  If the proposed budget is adopted, this is how our rates will change for each 1,000 gallons of water used: Tier 1 increase from $3.65 to $4.00 Tier 2 increase from Continue reading Our water rates will be going up by as much as 67% on December 1, 2021—just three days from now. 

The budget and supply implications of not being able to operate Well #4 and/or buy water from Calleguas are severe.

In this prior post, we reported that Crestview may not be able to buy as much imported water as shareholders need.  In fact, we may not be able to buy any water at all and must survive on only what we pump.  Here, we reported that Well #4 has been Continue reading The budget and supply implications of not being able to operate Well #4 and/or buy water from Calleguas are severe.