LAKE ELSINORE –The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s board of directors unanimously approved its budget with a two-year schedule of modest water and sewer rate increases, Thursday, July 27.
The board approved the increases following a public hearing. The adjustments, which took effect Aug. 1 and again July 1, 2018, reflect the rising costs for imported water supplies, repair and replacement of infrastructure, maintenance, treatment and other components of the water and sewer system.
“Adjusting rates helps us cover costs and perform repairs and maintenance, which ensures that EVMWD can continue to deliver a sustainable supply of water and sewer service at a fair price and remain financially stable,” General Manager John Vega said.
The new rates are based on an independent study that analyzed the cost of providing water and sewer services. Details of the changes are available online at www.evmwd.com/218.
In addition to the rate changes, the district’s sewer rate structure may move from a flat rate to a variable rate beginning July 1, 2018, upon further consideration by the board. Variable rates reflect the number of people living in a home and the cost to transport, treat and dispose of waste.
The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District provides service to more than 133,000 water, wastewater and agricultural customers in a 97-square-mile service area in western Riverside County. The district is a subagency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District website at www.evmwd.com for additional information.