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California is going to limit "indoor" water use to 55 gallons per day per person starting in 2020. The state is currently evaluating the imposition of similar restrictions for outdoor water use in future years. According to EID's former director Dr. Dale Coco "During the drought, EID customers were using about 180 gallons of water per person per day. That’s when people were being very conscious of their water use and their lawns were dying." EID's existing Board of Directors and General Manager have been completely ineffective in stopping this... It's time for a change!
To see how much water you are using "indoors" please find one of your bi-monthly "winter" EID water bills (e.g. January/February). Under the heading "Usage in Gal" you will see a number (e.g. 12,000). Under the heading "Days" you will see the number of days your bill covers (e.g. 60). Divide the "Usage in Gal" number by the "Days" number see how many gallons per day your household is using (e.g. 12,000/60 =200 gallons). Then, divide that number (200) by the number of folks living in your house. For example, if you have 4 folks living in your house that equals 50 gallons per person per day (e.g. 200/4 = 50). You're good! But, if you only have 2 folks living in your house that equals 100 gallons per person per day (e.g. 200/2 = 100). According to the State, you'll need to cut your "indoor" water usage almost in half.
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EID: 40%-90% Water Rate Increase!
4/28/20 Update: Yesterday, Directors Michael Raffety (Placerville area), George Osborne (Camino area), Lori Anzini (Cameron Park area) and Pat Dwyer (Shingle Springs area) approved this year's Cost of Services Analysis (COSA) clearing the way for EID to raise your rates (as listed below) just after this year's November 2020 election. Only Director Alan Day (EDH) wisely voted "No" on the COSA. The only thing you can do now is to vote out the incumbents Rate Raising Raffety and Out-of-touch Osborne in this year's election and reelect Director Alan Day. Note: Anzini and Dwyer don't come up for reelection for two more years.
While we've all been focused on the COVID-19 crisis, EID is moving forward with its plans to increase single-family residential water (commodity) rates 17% next year, 42% over 5 years and up to 90% for agriculture.
Last month, EID sent out its latest Proposition 218 Notice (image to left). This 6 page flyer clears the way for EID to raise water-based Commodity Charges (i.e. water rates) up to 42% on single family residences and up to 90% on agriculture, over the next five years. EID also plans to increase water-related Base Charges up to 21% over the same time period plus issue $60 million more in bonds (i.e. debt service). Maybe EID's General Manager, Jim Abercrombie can afford that (click here), but what about the person living on social security (1.6% increase), minimum wage, or recently unemployed (COVID-19).
The largest rate increase is planned for next year (Y2021). Single family residences will see water-based commodity charges (i.e. actual water use) jump 17% in 2021 from $0.015430 to $0.018061 (See below). Agriculture commodity charges could jump a whopping 54% next year. That's not good for our County!
Please, don't take my word for it. See EID's Commodity Charges table (above) from their Proposition 218 Notice. For starters, notice the 0 - 1,800 cf (top line) under the heading Water, Single Family Residential. Commodity charges go from $0.015430 to $0.018061 (2020 to 2021) per cubic foot of water. That's a 17% increase in one year! Do the same for any line in the table. Then, compare 2020 rates to 2025 rates. For single family residences (0 - 1,800 cf) water costs go from $0.015430 to $0.021953. That's a 42% increase from 2021 to 2025.
EID's marketing hype states that these increases will only cost you a few dollars per year. Remember, the effect is cumulative from 2021-2025. It's not just the annual increases. It's the annual increases on top of each year's prior annual increase. That really adds up. Plus, EID plans to increase Base Charges (i.e. the amount EID charges you for being connected to their system) up 21% from 2020 to 2025 (See below: $63.52 to $77.10).
To downplay these increases, EID cleverly "blends" the 10 cent Base Charge decrease in 2021 (only) with the 17% Commodity Charge increase to arrive at an average rate increase of only 7.5% for some mythical customer. EID also tries to hide behind their claimed 0% sewer rate increase from 2021 to 2025. As we all know, EID's sewer rates have been outlandishly high for some time. Some think they are illegal. Don't be fooled by EID's hype. Single family residential commodity charges are going up 42% plus base charges are going up 21% over the Proposition 218 period "if" you don't act TODAY!
What can you do about this?
1. Send an email to the Board telling them what you think about their decision ( email@example.com ). More on the Board by clicking here. To read the letter than I sent to EID's Board please click here. You can email the Board with your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In November 2020 consider unelecting the EID director that sponsored this onerous motion, Micheal Raffety (Division 3, Placerville area) and George Osborne (Division 1, Camino area) who seconded the motion. Making this even worse, during Raffety's election campaign, he pledged to "Avoid adding to the debt" and to "Balance the budget without exceeding the inflation index." Click here (see #3 & #4). Inflation for the past 12 months was 1.5% (now going negative) NOT +7.5%, +17%, +42% or +90%. Click here. Plus, Raffety wants to add $60 million more to EID's debt. Clearly "Rate Raising Raffety" has forgotten what he pledged to all of us during his election campaign.
Only long-time Director Alan Day (El Dorado Hills) wisely saw through Raffety's outrageous Proposition 218 rate increase proposal and voted "No".
Craig A. Schmidt
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