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Rainbow MWD approves rate increases

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

The Rainbow Municipal Water District approved increases in water rates, operations and maintenance rates, and sewer rates.

The Rainbow board’s 5-0 vote Nov. 19 increases rates by approximately eight percent for a typical district customer, although the increase in certain fixed charges translates into lower increases for more intense users. The new rates will take effect on Jan. 1.

The public hearing drew three speakers, all of whom were growers concerned about the agricultural rate increase. "Their concerns were that it’s increasingly difficult to grow avocados in particular with rising water rates. The Rainbow board shared the same concern," said Rainbow general manager Brian Brady.

The water and sewer rates were calculated based on the district’s cost of service analysis and conformance to generally accepted cost of service methods. The increases are expected to allow the district to keep pace with annual wholesale water cost increases and the increased costs to provide sewer services. All revenue derived from those rates and charges are used exclusively for the recovery of costs associated with providing water and sewer service, for the funding of Rainbow’s capital improvement program, and to maintain the district’s financial stability.

Rainbow’s water rates are based on units equating to 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. The rate per unit for up to six units will increase from $2.95 to $3.00 while the rate per unit for water beyond six units will increase from $3.03 to $3.15. The agricultural rate Advertisement
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per unit will be raised from $2.75 to $2.83.

The operations and maintenance meter charges are calculated to recover 52 percent of Rainbow’s fixed operating costs regardless of water purchases. The monthly rates were increased from $27.00 to $28.35 for 5/8-inch meters, from $33.75 to $35.45 for 3/4-inch meters, from $43.90 to $46.10 for one-inch meters, from $67.90 to $70.90 for 1 1/2-inch meters, from $118.15 to $125.05 for two-inch meters, from $202.55 to $212.70 for three-inch meters, from $337.60 to $354.50 for four-inch meters, and from $573.90 to $602.60 for six-inch meters.

Sewer rates are based on an account’s lowest monthly usage between December 2012 and April 2013. The sewer charge pays for the cost to collect and treat the sewage and to maintain the pipelines, pumps, and equipment. The monthly rate will increase from $25.76 to $28.70 for one unit, from $31.50 to $35.70 for two units, from $38.05 to $42.50 for three units, from $44.19 to $49.40 for four units, from $50.34 to $56.20 for five units, from $56.48 to $63.20 for six to 10 units, and from $68.54 to $75.50 for 11 or more units and for commercial accounts.

The San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have charges for fixed costs which are allocated on a pro-rata basis to member agencies. The charges Rainbow will impose for those allocated costs vary according to meter size and type of use.



Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm
Wow. What a surprise...Rainbow raising rates yet AGAIN.

Bad enough we already pay THE HIGHEST BASE RATE of all 22 water districts in San Diego County.

Of course they claimed the merger would lower rates or at least keep them the same...but as expected...they lied.
Comment Profile ImageMISLEADING INFO
Comment #2 | Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 6:26 am
The Village News misled its readers by stating that, the merger between FPUD and Rainbow MWD would lower the rates. At the time, I thought to myself, "who would believe such a statement?" Well, not me! And guess what? I was right!

I agree with comment #1

I am predicting that the drought will only justify the excuse of future significant rate increases, even if there is normal snowpack, in the Sierras, this winter.

Get ready for another hit,
to the pocket book, folks!

VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES - The Village News didn't mislead anyone. We simply report on what information is given by the parties involved. Since the newspaper doesn't have any control over any local board, why would we put ourselves in that position? You might want to work on your reading comprehension. Neither water district said the merger would keep rates from going up - they both said they could see the merger saving costs in operational/mgmt/admin aspects. Your guess is as good as ours how this will all pan out for the consumers. ---Debbie Ramsey
Comment Profile ImageOsvaldo Fallbrook
Comment #3 | Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm
No on merger

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