Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Board To Discuss Drought Management Program Wednesday Night

CCWD’s Board of Directors will undertake its first reading of a Drought Management Program Ordinance on Wednesday, March 18.

The ordinance will set the rules and regulations for the District’s Drought Management Program.

The meeting will be held at CCWD’s offices at 1331 Concord Ave. in Concord starting at 6:30 p.m.

Two different programs are outlined in the ordinance, and the Board will decide which program to follow at its next meeting and public hearing on April 1.

Neither program raises rates, and customers who meet their water savings goals will save money on their water bill.

Which program the Board will follow will depend on water supply information expected later this month from the Bureau of Reclamation.

One program the Board will consider is the “Mandatory Water Rationing Program” that was detailed previously and can be seen on the District’s web site.

The other program is called the “Voluntary Water Conservation Program” and would seek a 15 percent reduction from customers. Customers who increase their water use when compared to averages from 2005, 2006 & 2007 in billing cycles would face excess water use charges.

In addition, single family residential customers who have used more than 1,000 gallons per day and do not reduce their water use by 15 percent will face excess water use charges.

You can read the ordinance here:

Whichever program the Board of Directors chooses, it is expected to start on May 1.

We’ll post more information as it is developed.

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