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For Residential Customers

South Coast Water District


JUNE 2013

NO TICE T O P ROP ERT Y O W N E R S A N D B I LL PAY E RS


Announcing a Public Hearing on Proposed Charges for Water and Sewer Services and a Public Report of Water and Sewer Service Charges Per Parcel

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Why We Are Considering Rate Changes


The District continues to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, obtain grants and generate other revenueshelping to keep rates as low as possible. However, we must now consider rate changes to cover: Steadily rising costs of imported water. Vital investments in local sources of water. Major repair and replacement of aging facilities. Emergency preparedness and environmental compliance.

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949/499-4555 ext. 1 custserv@scwd.org www.scwd.org

Continued Quality Service and Environmental Protection


Over the next decade, the District must invest tens of millions of dollars on necessary water and sewer upgrades and the development of local water supplies.

Key Reasons WATER RATE Increases Are Needed


4 S  teadily Rising Costs of Imported Water

Key Reasons SEWER RATE Increases Are Needed


4 C  ritical Sewer Tunnel Reconstruction

 Currently, three quarters of the Districts water supply is imported from the Colorado River and Northern California. Costs of imported water are rising faster than the general rate of inflation.
4 N   eed To Invest In Local Water Sources

 Today, we are 75% dependent on decreasing and uncertain supplies of imported water. Over the next 10 years, we plan to invest up to $50 million to reduce our reliance on imported water. We will continue to develop reliable, local water supplies, such as groundwater and recycled wateras well as participate in ocean desalination projects.

 Over one million gallons a day of the Districts wastewater flows through a two-mile sewer line in a tunnel within the bluffs. The aging tunnel must be enlarged and reinforced to ensure worker safety and prevent falling rocks and beams from damaging the line and causing a sewer spill into the ocean. This multi-year project is estimated at $90 million.
4 Sewer Lift Station Upgrades  

 The District has prioritized approximately $14 million for the repair or replacement of sewer lift stations over the next 10 years. In our hilly terrain, sewer lift stations ensure that wastewater is pumped toward regional treatment facilities.

The Value of Water


Its easy to take tap water for granted. Its always there when you turn on the faucet and costs less than a penny per gallon. We must invest in local water supplies and replace aging facilities so water always flows from your faucet. Even with the proposed rate changes, a gallon of tap water would still cost a fraction of a cent.

Smart Planning, Sound Finances: A Rate Increase Is Still Necessary


The Board has comprehensive, long-range plans that identify cost-effective approaches to accomplish priorities. The District has earned AAA and AA+ bond ratings, passed its financial audits and implemented investment, reserve and financial management policies. All this helps lower expenses, but in the face of steadily rising costs, the Board is considering necessary rate changes.

Thank You for Using Water Wisely


Whether we are in a drought or notplease continue to use water wisely. Your efforts are making a significant difference to help ensure reliable water supplies. Plus, youll save money on your bill.

Single-Family Residence Rates and Charges


Rates and charges cover costs of providing all District services. Customers are charged based on the cost of serving them, calculated using measurable factors such as meter size, water use, and estimated strength and flow of wastewater.
CHART 1 PROPOSED WATER USAGE RATES Charged on the District Bill
The less water you use, the lower the rate.
1 UNIT OF WATER = 1 CCF = 748 GALLONS

EXAMPLES OF RESIDENTIAL CHARGES


TYPICAL LOW WATER USE 10 units of water per month or 7,480 gallons Monthly Bill Water and Sewer Use CURRENT: $39.00 PROPOSED: 2013-14: $42.95 2014 -15: $44.15 2015-16: $45.15 TYPICAL HIGH WATER USE 20 units of water per month or 14,960 gallons Monthly Bill Water and Sewer Use CURRENT: $100.64 PROPOSED: 2013-14: $109.66 2014 -15: $112.58 2015-16: $115.13 ANNUAL WATER SERVICE CHARGE Residence with 3/4 inch meter (about 80% of residences) CURRENT: $284.62 PROPOSED: 2013-14: $290.62 2014 -15: $294.20 2015-16: $297.68 ANNUAL SEWER SERVICE CHARGE All Residences CURRENT: $453.37 PROPOSED: 2013-14: $418.44 2014 -15: $446.46 2015-16: $502.82 An online Bill Calculator is available at www.scwd.org to help you estimate your individual monthly bill at different levels of water use under the proposed rates. You may also contact Customer Service for more information: custserv@scwd.org, 949/499-4555 ext. 1.

MONTHLY CURRENT RATES WATER USAGE PER UNIT OF WATER First 1-5 Units $2.01 6-13 Units $3.85 $5.77 $7.69 $9.61 14-25 Units 26-62 Units 63+ Units

PROPOSED RATES PER UNIT OF WATER 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 $2.16 $2.25 $2.31 $4.07 $6.10 $8.13 $10.16 $4.18 $6.27 $8.36 $10.45 $4.28 $6.42 $8.56 $10.70

CHART 2 PROPOSED ANNUAL WATER SERVICE CHARGE Collected on the Property Tax Bill
This charge is for maintenance, repair and improvement of the water system. METER SIZE CURRENT CHARGES $284.62 $512.31 PROPOSED CHARGES 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 $290.62 $523.12 $294.20 $529.56 $297.68 $535.83

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About 80% of residential customers have 3/4 meters. A few residential customers have meters larger than 1 and they may contact the District for the proposed charges.

CHART 3 PROPOSED SEWER USAGE RATES Charged on the District Bill


Sewer usage rates are based on actual water use.
1 UNIT OF WATER = 1 CCF = 748 GALLONS

PROPOSED RATES PER UNIT OF WATER CURRENT RATE PER UNIT OF WATER 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 $0.97 $1.18 $1.20 $1.22

CHART 4 PROPOSED ANNUAL SEWER SERVICE CHARGE Collected on the Property Tax Bill
This charge is for maintenance, repair and improvement of the sewer system and treatment of wastewater. PROPOSED CHARGES CURRENT CHARGE 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 $453.37 $418.44 $446.46 $502.82
The rates shown on these tables are the maximum that will be considered for the upcoming three fiscal years. If approved, proposed rates and charges would take effect on July 1 of each year.

South Coast Water District


31592 West Street Laguna Beach, CA 92651
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wayne Rayfield - President Bob Moore - Vice President Dick Dietmeier Rick Erkeneff Richard Runge This document was mailed using legally-mandated requirements. If you receive more than one copy of this notice, we apologize. Rates are proposed to change for all customers and property owners served by the District. If you have a commercial account with the District or are a customer through a homeowners association, you will receive a similar notice by U.S. Mail providing details on those proposed rate changes. If you do not receive a notice and believe you should have, please contact us at 949/499-4555 ext. 1. All rate notices are available on our website: www.scwd.org/rates.
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Please contact Customer Service if you would like help estimating what your charges would be under the proposed rates: 949/499-4555 ext. 1 custserv@scwd.org www.scwd.org. Attencin residentes que hablan Espaol: Favor de llamar a la officina de SCWD, al telefono 949/499-4555 ext. 1. Before Considering a Rate Change, We Cut Costsand More Grants, Subsidies and Reimbursements Help Bottom Line. The District received or was awarded $848,000 last year alone, including $500,000 in grants for the Aliso Creek Runoff Reuse project that will enhance our recycled water supply.  ncreased Efficiency Lowers Costs. I The Board has prioritized cost reduction, and each employee does his/her share. Last year, at our Groundwater Facility, for example, operational improvements cut $130,000 in annual recurring costs. Other Sources of Revenue Offset Rising Costs. The District generates approximately $600,000 per year in lease revenues from its San Juan Creek property.

YOU MAY SUBMIT A PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED RATE CHANGES If a majority of property owners and/or customers of identified parcels served by the District submit protest letters to the proposed rate increase, the District shall not impose the increase. The Board will receive the results of the filed protests. To be valid, a protest letter must (a) be a typed or hand-written original with the account holders original signature, (b) identify the property where water and/or sewer service is provided, such as the Assessors Parcel Number, (c) identify the customers account number or street address where service is provided, (d) indicate which water and/or sewer rates are being protested, and (e) be mailed or delivered to the District before or at the Public Hearing. Only one protest letter will be counted per parcel. Emailed or faxed protests will not be counted. Please indicate if you would like your protest letter to be delivered to the Board and made available for public review. The Board will receive the results of the filed protests, but it is the Districts intent to keep your protest letter confidential unless otherwise required under California Law, or you request it be made available for public review.