Rate Increase Takes Effect for Rincon Water Customers
Escondido, CA – The water rate increase adopted by the Board of Directors of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (Rincon Water) has gone into effect as of September 1, 2016. As a result, the rate increase to Rincon Water customers represents an overall 7.7% increase for potable water use. Based on the increase, Rincon Water’s residential customers will now pay $5.75 for Tier 1 (1-5 units), $6.69 for Tier 2 (6-24 units), and $7.10 for Tier 3 (25 or more units) water use during each billing period (1 unit equals 1,000 gallons). Non-Residential customers will pay $6.26 for each unit of water used. These increases will begin appearing on customer bills starting with the statements to be delivered in late September/early October.
The rate increase represents a rate structure necessary to cover rising water treatment costs, maintain aging infrastructure, cover increasing energy costs, and provide for investment in new water supplies.
“Most of the potable water used by Rincon Water customers comes to us through a complex system of aqueducts and pipelines that connect us to the Colorado River and northern California water supplies. The economy and our very existence depend on this precious imported water which travels hundreds of miles to our faucets. The costs associated with maintaining and improving this vast infrastructure have doubled since 2008, and are expected to continue increasing for years to come,” said David Drake, Rincon Water’s Board President.
The best way to minimize the impact of the rate increase is to become as efficient as possible with water use. Rincon customers are encouraged to register for WaterSmart, a free tool which allows access to hourly water use data, customized water conservation opportunities, rebate availability, and leak notification. Please visit www.rinconwater.org for details. The new rate sheet, effective September 1, 2016 is available here.