What happens to our water and our rates in the event of another drought?
  • The City, along with its regional partners, are continuously monitoring our precious water supplies, both surface and groundwater. The City coordinates with MID to receive information for our annual treated surface water allocation.
  • This information is used, in conjunction with the City’s groundwater level and supply information, to determine if any City water restrictions are necessary.
  • During dry years, the City may elect to adjust its watering schedules, and reduce the days allowed for outdoor watering.
  • If the State of California’s governor declares a statewide drought, the City will reduce outdoor watering and implement a drought water rate.
  • This drought water rate is a higher cost per unit of water (1 CCF = 748 gallons) and is only applied during a declared drought emergency. This higher rate helps recovers costs due to reduced water usage by our customers. Once the drought is declared over, water rates will return to a non-drought rate.

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1. What are the primary reasons we have to raise our rates every year?
2. Do we have to have a rate increase every year or can we stagger them more and have every other year?
3. What happens if we don’t raise the rates every year?
4. Where do we get our water from?
5. Do we buy or sell our water? If so, from/to whom?
6. Do we have water quality issues and if so, what are they, how serious, how do they get addressed?
7. Is our drinking water safe and reliable? How does the City verify that?
8. What happens to our water and our rates in the event of another drought?
9. Why do some surrounding cities have lower rates?
10. Is there assistance to help with this increase?
11. How much will monthly rates increase for the average customer?