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CVWD sets drought penalties

Posted on July 28, 2022 at 2:15 PM by Jesse Ruiz

California drought color map 20220405Following the state’s conservation requirement for water agencies to reduce overall water use by 15%, the Board of Directors approved drought penalties at its July 26 meeting.

CVWD’s penalties aim to encourage conservation by limiting outdoor water use by 10 percent. They go into effect in August and will show up in customers’ September water bills. This approach will not impact 60% of customers who are efficient water users.

Customers who do not limit their outdoor water use below their monthly outdoor water budget are subject to penalties as follows:

Tier 1: No penalties for customers who remain in Tier 1.

Tier 2: No penalties for customers who stay within 90% of their water budget. Above 90%, penalty is $0.29 per CCF (100 cubic feet or 748 gallons of water).

Tier 3, 4, and 5 customers pay a standard rate plus a penalty.

Tier 3: $3.59 plus $1.80 penalty per CFF.

Tier 4: $4.21 plus $3.16 penalty per CFF.

Tier 5: $6.44 plus $6.44 penalty per CFF.

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The board also:

  • Approved spending $472,179 for more SCADA system development at WRP 4, 7 and 10, and 15 field potable water and sanitation sites.
  • Approved transferring late and unpaid domestic water, sewer service and irrigation water charges to tax rolls in Riverside and Imperial counties.
  • Approved a construction contract of $529,930 for rehabilitating sewer pipelines in Palm Desert and Thousand Palms.
  • Approved soliciting bids for construction of the Avenue 66 Water Transmission Main Phase 2 Project.  The water main will extend west along Avenue 66 from Highway 86 to Polk Street where it will connect to the CVWD pipeline system. It will consolidate three mobile home parks. Total cost is estimated at $20 million.
  • Authorized a nonpotable water agreement with Suncrest Mobilehome Park, Palm Desert. The Park will connect to WRP 10’s expanding nonpotable water distribution system in summer 2024.
  • Recommended no changes for domestic water service, sewage and waste service availability assessments in fiscal year 2022-2023.


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