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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-845-9581.