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Proposition 218 – Public Hearing Notice

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m.                                                                                             Rusch Park Community Center – Sunrise/Patio Room, 7801 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights

At a public hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., the Citrus Heights Water District Board of Directors will be considering the adoption of a 3% rate increase on bi-monthly service charges and commodity charges for water consumed to be effective January 1, 2015.  The Board of Directors will also be considering adoption, but not the implementation, of proposed water shortage rates that are designed to offset the financial deficit created by water shortage and to help encourage customers to meet use reduction goals.  Click on the following links for related information:

2015 Prop 218 Notice – web
2015 Ops budget-draft 9-9-14
Final Shortage Rate Report 9-16-14

State Water Resources Control Board Mandatory Conservation Regulations Now in Effect

The State’s first-ever emergency regulations mandating urban water conservation became effective July 29, 2014 following final approval by the Office of Administrative Law on July 28, 2014.

The CHWD Stage 3 Water Warning, which was declared effective on January 14, 2014, complies with the requirements of the State’s mandatory conservation regulations  which means that CHWD will not be implementing any new conservation requirements at this time.  For more information on the State’s mandatory conservation regulations click here.

August Water Supply Update – Water Use Reductions Remain in Force

Warm Weather is Here, Keep Outdoor Watering in Check

On January 14, 2014, the CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 Water Warning in effect.  For the first eight months of 2014 , our customers have responded by reducing overall water consumption by 21.2% compared to the same time period in 2013.  The District’s water supply for the summer and fall ahead will be well below average. CHWD continues to ask its customers to reduce water use by 20%. For a list of requirements under the Stage 3 Water Warning, click here.

Folsom Lake is the main source of water supply for our District and many other local water agencies.  As of September 3, 2014, storage in Folsom Lake was at 381,013 acre-feet, which is 39% of the it’s total capacity.  Of concern is that the May 1, 2014 snow survey in the Sierra Nevada by the Department of Water Resources shows the water content of snow at 18% of average.  Since water runoff from melting snow provides much of Folsom Lake’s water in the summer and fall, lower snow levels means less water available in the months ahead.  For more about conditions at Folsom Lake and related water supply issues, click here.

CHWD has five groundwater wells available to supplement its surface water supply from Folsom Lake. However, these groundwater wells do not produce enough water to meet water demand during spring, summer and fall months when most customers are doing outdoor watering. It is imperative that customers continue to be diligent in their water use reduction efforts. Fortunately, CHWD customers have a history of being good stewards of water. CHWD thanks its customers for their strong conservation efforts and asks everyone to keep up the good work!

For most customers, the most effective way to meet the 20% reduction is to reduce outdoor watering. Limiting watering to two times per week and/or reducing the amount of watering time for each station on your automatic sprinkler system are ways you can use to achieve your 20% reduction. For additional suggestions on ways to reduce your water use, see our Water Conservation page or click on the links shown below.