Conservation District Adopts New Annual Groundwater Charges
SBVWCD’s rates remain lowest in the state despite ailing economy.
“The District prepares an Annual Engineering Investigation to help determine the groundwater charge,” explains SBVWCD General Manager
The decision to increase the groundwater rate is driven in large part by the sharp decline in SBVWCD’s mining revenues. The District’s monthly revenue from mining royalties went from
“As a result of our efforts, water users have been getting inexpensive local water that may otherwise flow down the river to Orange County,” says SBVWCD Board President
SBVWCD has fixed and levied the groundwater charge since 1994 under the California Water Code. SBVWCD adopted the new groundwater rates following a series of public meetings and opportunity for comment.
“The Conservation District has seen significant declines in income from our sand and gravel mining leases due to the National Economy and the local construction slowdown,” added McDonald. “Even with this increase, our fees continue to be the lowest in the State. Our commitment to capturing and spreading water has proven to be very cost effective for our customers and significantly reduces the need to buy expensive imported water.”
Since 1912, the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District and its predecessor have worked to conserve water by diverting the natural flow of the Santa Ana River and
SOURCE CV Strategies