A water rate hike being proposed by the Nevada Irrigation District, once set for its next board meeting on Dec. 12, has been postponed. The decision to table the hearing until January reverses an earlier decision to put the water rate hike on the same agenda as approval of the district’s 2019 budget.
Los Angeles leaders voted Wednesday to reappoint Fred Pickel as a watchdog overseeing the Department of Water and Power, over the protests of some environmental and consumer activists who argue that he has failed to speak up for ratepayers.
Modesto Irrigation District board members on Tuesday embraced an important new report justifying prices for both electricity and farm water. MID recently said electricity rates will not go up in 2019, a point restated in Tuesday’s action. Whether farm water rates will rise typically is decided before irrigation starts flowing in the spring.
The board of directors for the Nevada Irrigation District opted to postpone adopting the district’s 2019 budget, after concerns were raised regarding a proposed water rate hike. That jump in water rates for both raw water and treated water customers has not yet been approved.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this week that revealed that Californians actually have increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal “special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers, who passed that rate on to customers.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering if the effort is worth it.
In April, the city [Detroit] set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531.
The East Bay’s largest water supplier failed to give the public an adequate explanation of a 9.75 percent water increase, the first of two big increases in consecutive years, Alameda County’s civil grand jury has concluded.