The Yucaipa Valley Water District announced intentions to raise the rates on drinking water, sewer, and recycled water and on Jan. 13 held a community input meeting. It held a meeting in Calimesa two days later. A handful of opponents attended.
According to the YVWD, the increases are necessary to meet stringent sewer discharge requirements and address the infrastructure needs. Based on a comprehensive rate study, it has is determined that rate adjustments and increases are necessary for the district’s drinking water, sewer, and recycled water service charges.
It will enable the water district to recover current and long-term projected costs of operating and maintaining the drinking water, sewer, and recycled water systems, fund capital infrastructure improvements needed to repair and update the district’s aging infrastructure.
According to General Manager Joe Zoba, it will also allow the YVWD to maintain the operational and financial stability of the district, comply with State-mandated drinking water, sewer, and recycled water regulatory requirements, meet and comply with annual debt service requirements, and avoid operational deficits and depletion of reserves.
Not all in attendance were happy about the increases.
“Every year, we increase population without having the water to take care of them,” said Yucaipa resident Gary Schultzman on Jan. 13. “We buy 60% of the annual water that we use on an annual basis ... why has there been a forty-one condominium building approved for Yucaipa? Why do we need that? We are destroying the reason we all moved here in the first place.”
Water board votes to accept rate increase
The YVWD Board voted on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to accept the rate increase for drinking water, sewer and recycled water service.
Zoba reiterated the reasons for updating the rates.
The Yucaipa Valley Water District is committed to meeting stringent sewer discharge requirements and providing the highest quality drinking water and recycled water at the