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5750 ALMADEN EXPWY SAN JOSE, CA 95118-3686 Important dates TELEPHONE (408) 265-2600 We encourage you to learn more about these important groundwater issues. In addition to the information available on our FACSIMILE (408) 266-0271 website at www.valleywater.org, there are also the following opportunities for you to gather information and provide input. www.valleywater.org AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER South County March 16, 2011 South County February 25, 2011 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Informational Open House Contact Us For more information, contact April 12, 2011 Mala Magill Dear Well Owner, Operator or Property Owner: How will 10:00 a.m. Public Hearing (opens) (408) 265-2607, ext. 2000 This notice of cially opens the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s public process for setting rates change? Darin Taylor (408) 265-2607, ext. 3068 The rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input April 19, 2011 Visit our web site at on the water district’s programs and services, including open house meetings in March After three straight years 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing (continues) www.valleywater.org to and formal public hearings in April. The details of these meetings are listed in the with no rate increase use our Access Valley Water Important Dates section of the notice. The rate-setting process also includes a formal the water district is online customer service center. protest procedure by which well owners, operators and owners of land upon which a well proposing up to a is situated can object to the proposed change in rates. That procedure is explained in detail April 26, 2011 3.6 percent rate increase on the About the Protest Procedure for groundwater, an 10:00 a.m. Public Hearing (closes) setting process closes on April 26, 2011. average household increase of $0.34 Our District Act provides that groundwater charges may be levied to further the protection per month. Last day to submit formal protests. and augmentation of the water supplies as well as produce groundwater for bene cial use; See “About the protest procedure” for more details. may be collected from all those within a zone who own or operate water producing wells Agricultural water rates whether currently active or not; and that groundwater production charge revenue may be are proposed to increase used to pay for and incur debt for the following: up to 3.6 percent. Water supplies Current charges to replenish the groundwater basin 2010/2011 Agricultural water Water quality All other water in ltrating the groundwater basin Proposed charges Infrastructure SOUTH COUNTY 2011/2012* ponds and pump stations Agricultural water Production Charges Groundwater groundwater table Notice of Proposed All other water If you have questions or concerns about groundwater, this year’s rate-setting process, 2011/2012 or have thoughts on how we can better serve you, I encourage you to join us at an upcoming open house or public hearing, or visit our website, www.valleywater.org. *Effective July 2011 Sincerely, An acre-foot of water AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER www.valleywater.org is typically used by two FACSIMILE (408) 266-0271 families of ve in one year. TELEPHONE (408) 265-2600 SAN JOSE, CA 95118-3686 5750 ALMADEN EXPWY Beau Goldie Chief Executive Of cer Permit No. 1231 SAN JOSE, CA The mission of the District is a healthy, safe and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and U.S. POSTAGE PAID PRSRT STD comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner for current and future generations. 2011/2012 | South County Frequently Asked Questions Why increase rates now? How does the proposed rate compare with agencies statewide? Retail Agency Benchmarks | SOUTH COUNTY Want to learn particularly in trying economic more? of public funds very seriously and Santa Barbara $77.93 The Santa Clara Valley Palo Alto $77.64 Water District has San Diego $71.78 released its 40th Annual at since 2008, while many of our Long Beach (Golden State) $71.56 Report on the Protection counterparts have seen double-digit What’s included in water utility expenses? San Carlos (Cal Water) $68.25 and Augmentation of increases. We’ve continued our San Francisco $64.91 Water Supplies, which managed approach to cost cutting Mill Valley (Marin MWD) $60.62 documents the water to minimize the proposed increase. Los Altos (Cal Water) $57.19 possible are: district’s efforts to ensure The proposed increase is an SJWC (with SCVWD increase) $56.01 a reliable water supply Construction and maintenance crews, who replace and repair pipes and other important step toward funding critical Los Angeles $55.97 infrastructure for Santa Clara County. Livermore (Cal Water/Zone 7) $55.49 capital program needs—including San Jose (SJWC) Technicians, who read and repair meters Anderson Dam retro ts--so that the $54.32 The report presents Alameda (EBMUD) $50.49 Engineers, who design and oversee systems and infrastructure the basis for the groundwater basin is recharged, Newport Beach $49.99 and water continues to ow from Lab technicians and environmental analysts, who ensure the water quality meets state recommended Napa $45.89 and federal regulations groundwater production your well. Santa Clara (with SCVWD increase) $42.79 , Santa Clara $41.10 and is posted at Riverside How has the water $31.09 www.valleywater.org. Morgan Hill (with SCVWD increase) $29.50 Water conservation specialists, who conduct water audits and administer rebate district cut costs? Morgan Hill $29.16 Estimated monthly and discount programs for water conservation devices During the past three years the Sacramento $24.28 billing for 5 8" meter Of ce staff, who answer billing and service-related questions water district has reduced expenses $23.20 and 1,500 cubic signi cantly. Speci cally, we: Gilroy (with SCVWD increase) $21.52 feet of usage. Gilroy $21.18 Reduced 82 jobs districtwide, Non-labor expenses include imported water costs, regulatory fees, energy to run all facilities, gasoline, and diesel South County well owner (FY 2011-12 proposed)* $9.81 including seven top management fuel for emergency generators. We must also be prepared to install new pumps when old ones fail, and replace South County well owner* $9.47 jobs — nearly 10 percent of aging or failing dams, pipelines and segments of our water transmission system to reliably convey raw water and $0 $10 $20 $30 $40 $50 $60 $70 $80 $90 *Non-agricultural water recycled water. $12 million per year. Reduced overtime districtwide How does the water district support agriculture? by 39 percent since 2008, By the numbers Cost of one gallon saving about $1.4 million Nearly half the water used in South County is for agriculture. Agriculture brings jobs per year. and dollars to the valley and provides the public with large areas of open space and Reduced temporary staf ng access to locally-produced agricultural products. The water district’s actions to replenish costs by 29 percent since 2008, the groundwater basin ensure that farmers have a reliable, stable water supply. Our saving over $1 million per year. long-standing policy of including an open-space credit in the agricultural water rate structure provides local farmers with one of the lowest rates in California. Reduced approximately 69 eet vehicles since 2005, saving District programs and services that help improve irrigation ef ciency include: roughly $280,000 per year. Deferred capital improvement projects to reduce borrowing, scheduling data to reduce water use; and thus interest and principal payments. more ef ciently irrigate crops; WELL WATER GASOLINE MILK BOTTLED WATER CAFE LATTE To leverage dollars, the district $ .001 $ 3.75 $ 4.24 $ 8.00 $ 52.00 2.49- 3.79- 1.43- 35.00- applied for and received grants worth $8.2 million. Based on 2010 US prices.
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