Phelan Piñon Hills board to vote on water rate increase

Water Conservation

The Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) Board of Directors is set to vote on a water rate increase at its regular meeting on Jan. 20, 2016. District officials say the rate increase is needed to fund new state-mandated requirements and meet water conservation goals.  Most residential customers will see only modest increases over a four-year period.

According to Don Bartz, General Manager, if the rate increase is not passed by the board, the consequences could be serious.  “We simply cannot continue to provide the needed water and meet state requirements without the increase.  The state has tied our hands with its unfunded mandates.”

Two years ago California Governor Jerry Brown declared the state to be in drought.  With that proclamation, the State Water Resources Control Board mandated water conservation. The PPHCSD was required to reduce water consumption by 32 percent.  With that large of a decrease in water consumption, revenues were significantly impacted and affected the district’s ability to maintain financial stability.

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