PALMDALE – With the drought now entering its fourth year, California water agencies have been strained to provide residents with clean, healthy, low-cost water. Palmdale, like many other Southern California communities, relies on an older infrastructure to move water throughout the community.
Repairs and replacements should be made to the aging systems before they begin to break down and become more expensive to repair.
With this in mind, the Palmdale Water District has proposed a rate structure modification and fee plan, which will standardize monthly meter charges. The plan rewards customers conserving water with an “essential” use tier structure based on indoor use and an “efficient” use tier structure based on outdoor use.
The rate plan also proposes a drought surcharge to be applied to water use above the essential tier.
The District will hold a workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., this Thursday, August 21, at Palm Tree School, located at 326 E. Avenue R in Palmdale. District management and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed rate structure. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
“Our customers are our top priority,” said Dennis LaMoreaux, General Manager of the Palmdale Water District. “The District prioritizes our projects based on current needs and to keep the cost to our rate payers at a minimum.”
The District will use the new rate structure to ensure that clean, healthy water is consistently delivered to the community through diversifying water sources, investing in water treatment and testing technologies, and ensuring the water delivery system is operating efficiently.
“Conserving our water is a community effort that requires all customers and the District to work together,” said Michael Williams, Finance Manager/CFO for the Palmdale Water District. “We are providing the community with the information they need to make well-informed choices on how they choose to use their water.”
For more information, visit http://palmdalewater.org/.
[Information via press release from Palmdale Water District.]
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