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Rates and service charges – proposed changes

Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD) is considering a water rate and service charge changes. Notices detailing the proposed changes
were mailed to customers on Monday, January 13, 2020.

After a detailed budget and cost of service analysis, the BCVWD Water Financial Plan and Utility Rate Study revealed the need for new
rates and charges based on the following factors:

  • Growing operation and maintenance costs
  • 26% increase in the cost of imported water
  • Fluctuating electricity costs

The proposed rate changes would adjust the fixed bi-monthly service charge, volumetric commodity rates, fire service charge and drought rates. The volumetric commodity rates would change from the current two-tier system to a three-tier system. Increases would be phased over a period of five years (2020 – 2024) in an effort to minimize the impact to customers.

Rate changes are necessary to ensure sufficient funds for the ongoing operations, repairs and maintenance of BCVWD’s facilities, and adequate long-term water supply for the region.

Pass-through charges

BCVWD purchases water replenishment supply from the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency.

The cost of this imported water rose by 26% in 2019. This cost, and the cost of energy to provide water, are passed through to customers as separate charges on their bill.

How will this impact me? If approved, a water bill for a typical single-family residence with a 5/8-inch meter using 34 units of water during a bi-monthly billing period would increase by $5.57. A customer with a 1-inch meter using the same amount of water would see a bi-monthly increase of $4.21. (These estimates include pass-through charges.) Customers can use the BCVWD bill estimator tool https://bcvwd.org/proposed-bill-estimator to estimate how these changes would impact their bill.

For more information, contact BCVWD at info@bcvwd.org or 951-845-9581.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

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2019 (7 Months)

Rate study and cost of service analysis conducted

06/01/2019- 12/31/2019
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Prop 218 Notice Mailed

Proposition 2018 Notice mailed to customers

01/13/2020
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Town Hall Meeting

Informational Community Town Hall Meeting The meeting will take place at 560 Magnolia Ave. Beaumont, CA. 92223 at 6:00 P.M.

02/20/2020
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Public Hearing and Board Vote

Public Hearing and Board Vote The meeting will take place at 560 Magnolia Ave. Beaumont, CA. 92223.

02/27/2020
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If approved, rates take effect

If approved by the Board of Directors, new rates would take effect on March 1st, 2020.

03/01/2020

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Notice of Public Hearing
English | Spanish

Pocket Guide – FAQ’s
English | Spanish

Water Financial Plan and Utility Rate Study
Link to Study

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions Doc
English | Spanish

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