March 01, 2019
INITIAL 2019 CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT WATER SUPPLY FORECAST
On February 20, 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provided the initial water supply forecast for the Central Valley Project of 70% for Agricultural Customers and 90% of Historical Use for all other municipal and industrial customers. With the significant rainfall in February, we believe the revised and final allocation will be increased to 100% for North of Delta Water Service Contractors such as Bella Vista. Water supply updates are made monthly or more often as appropriate and posted on Reclamation’s website at: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/allocations.html. For additional information on Central Valley Project Water Supply visit: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water.
On the night of February 12, 2019, heavy snow fell on Redding and throughout the County with substantial accumulations breaking trees, blocking roads, and downing power lines that resulted in widespread power outages to thousands of customers across Shasta County. The District lost power to nearly every facility including the Wintu Pumping Plant at the Sacramento River and the Water Treatment Plant! Despite difficult circumstances, employees utilized fixed and mobile generators and worked in shifts around the clock to ensure continuous water service for all ten pressure zones until power, phones, and telemetry systems could be restored. Power at some facilities was not restored for over a week. A big thanks for these dedicated and hardworking employees that ensured continuous water service. Thanks also to power utility crews that worked quickly to restore power service that we are very reliant upon.
LONG-TERM CONSERVATION LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS
In 2018, the California State Legislature (Legislature) enacted two policy bills, (Senate Bill (SB) 606 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill (AB) 1668 (Friedman) that amend existing law and expand regulations and requirements for water conservation, drought planning and aggregate water use efficiency standards. Following is a summary of key elements:
- The District and every other urban retail water agency is required to annually, beginning November 2023, calculate its own objective based on the water needed in its service area for efficient indoor residential water use, outdoor residential water use, commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) irrigation with dedicated meters using the standards adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board. Agencies must meet their water use objective. Those that don’t may be subject to enforcement by the State Water Board. Starting in 2023, the State Water Board may issue informational orders to urban water suppliers that do not meet their water use objective, and may issue conservation orders beginning in 2025.
- The indoor water use standard will be 55 gallons per person per day (gallons per capita daily, or GPCD) until January 2025; the standard will become stronger over time, decreasing to 50 GPCD in January 2030. For the water use objective, the indoor use is aggregated across population in an urban water supplier’s service area, not each household.
- The outdoor water use standard will be based on land cover, climate, and other factors determined by the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board. The State Water Resources Control Board will adopt the outdoor standard by June 2022.
To assist customers in achieving conservation, the District is offering confidential irrigation system evaluations to provide recommendations on irrigation equipment and scheduling to improve water use efficiency and save customers money. In addition, Smart Controllers are being offered for a nominal fee of $50.00 until supplies last. These controllers control your irrigation zone run times based actual on weather conditions. Unlike other timers, these controllers utilize data from sensors, weather station and plant-care-databases to determine watering needs and maintain soil moisture more precisely. Please contact the District office or our website for additional information.
Senate Bill 606, as chaptered: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB606
Assembly Bill 1668, as chaptered: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_1651-1700/ab_1668_bill_20160927_chaptered.pdf
The District was awarded a WaterSMART Grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which includes the construction of solar photovoltaic systems at two different locations. One site is the Water Treatment Plant located on Canby Road within the Redding Electric Utility service area. This 127-kilowatt groundmounted solar photovoltaic system is now completed and is providing clean, renewable energy to the facility while exceeding performance expectations. The second location is near the Regulating Station within the PG&E service area on a recently acquired 2.5 acre parcel designed to provide 693-kilowatts and over 1,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy per year. The solar array and inverter installation has been completed and is presently awaiting interconnection with PG&E’s distribution system.
By leveraging District funds, we managed to maximize our overall investment in locally produced clean energy, which is central to the District’s energy strategy to reduce dependence upon retail power purchases and exposure to greatly increasing energy costs. The cost savings from reduced energy consumption is projected to result in a payback of less than eight years on an asset that has a usable life of 25+ years. The District anticipates this investment will provide dividends and value to our customers for many years to come.
PAY WATER BILLS ONLINE WITH I-WEB
The District offers several convenient ways to pay your utility account, in addition to the newest I-WEB online web portal that provides web based information services to District customers. Customers can inquire about their account balance, usage history and make payments directly from the i-WEB web site. The i-WEB system has been designed to secure your confidential account information and financial transactions. There is a $2.95 transaction fee for paying your bill on-line with i-WEB. Customers that choose to utilize i-WEB to pay their bill will still receive a billing statement in the mail. Online bill payments can be made at the following website: http://epay.bvwd.org/inh_main.asp
Please join us in congratulating Kevin Weston, the District Mechanic as he will be retiring after 24 years of service. Kevin has maintained the District’s fleet of vehicles and equipment and was instrumental in mobilizing and operating generators throughout recent storm events.
The District’s regular office hours are as follows: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Board of Directors’ Meetings are open to the public and are generally held the 4th Monday of each month. Information, including Board Meeting Agendas and prior meeting Minutes, can be reviewed online at: https://www.bvwd.org/
Each year the District reviews and adjusts rates based on the previously completed Cost of Service Rate Study. Increases or decreases in the wholesale cost of water purchased from the Central Valley Project (CVP) are directly “passed through” to customers. This year, there was over a 10% increase in wholesale water costs from the CVP. Additionally, the District annually adjusts the remaining costs components by the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) plus up to 2% as a contingency for higher increases in chemicals and other District expenses. The revised rate schedules listed below are effective May 1, 2019.
SCHEDULE OF BIMONTHLY WATER RATES
RESIDENTIAL, RURAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL AND LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION
Meter Class Base Rates
The commodity rate is $0.58 per HCF (One hundred cubic foot).
Water Treatment Plant Improvement Loan Repayment
$14.00 bimonthly charge for all customers.
Fire Service Rates
Line Size Base Rate