State Water Project Allocation at 35% for Calendar Year 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources is increasing the allocation of 2018 State Water Project (SWP).  Based on the recent precipitation, runoff, and current water supply condition, SWP supplies are projected to be 35 percent of most SWP contractors’ 2018 requested Table A amounts, which totals 4, 172,786 acre-feet.  Click here to read more.

State Water Project Allocation at 30% for Calendar Year 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is increasing the allocation of 2018 State Water Project (SWP). Based on the recent precipitation, runoff, and current water supply condition, SWP supplies are projected to be 30 percent of most SWP contractors’ 2018 requested Table A amounts, which totals 4, 172, 786 acre-feet.   Click here to read more. 

Groundwater Recharge Facility Construction Notice

Residents of Beaumont will see a new construction project as they drive through the intersection of Beaumont Avenue and Brookside.  The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is constructing a new groundwater recharge facility at the site.  Construction will begin the week of April 23.

The facility is required to increase reliability of imported water supplies and to help meet increasing   local demands.  “We have recently obtained some new water supplies for the region, and are negotiating to obtain some more.  We need to have a place to store this water locally”, said David Fenn, a Beaumont real estate broker who is Board President.  “This facility will enable us to store the water underground.”  Click here to read more…

DWR, Local Agencies Commemorate Completion of State Water Project’s East Branch Extension

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and local partners today commemorated the completion of a project to extend the State Water Project’s East Branch Aqueduct to bring additional supplies to communities in eastern San Bernardino County.

The East Branch Extension was designed and built in partnership with the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency. The extension allows local water managers to further diversify their water portfolios, making them more resilient and better able to meet the challenges of a variable and changing climate. In addition to providing direct water deliveries to communities, the extension also will deliver water to groundwater spreading basins to recharge area aquifers. Click here to read more…

STATE WATER PROJECT ALLOCATION AT 20% FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that it is increasing the allocation of 2018 State Water Project (SWP) water.  Based on the recent precipitation, runoff, and current water supply condition, SWP supplies are projected to be 20% of most SWP contractors’ 2018 requested Table A amounts.  Click here to read more.

STATE WATER PROJECT INITIAL ALLOCATION AT 15% FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial water allocation of 15 percent for most State Water Project (SWP) contractors for the 2018 calendar year. That allocation will likely change depending on rain and snowfall received this winter.  Click here to read more.

PASS WATER AGENCY LOWERS PROPERTY TAX RATE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2017

The San Gorgonio Pass Board of Directors voted last week to reduce its property tax by a quarter cent, from $0.185 to $0.1825 per $100 of assessed valuation.  The reduction will return over $300,000 to local property owners this year alone.

“We have been working proactively with the California Department of Water Resources for the past several years to do everything possible to reduce our debt service costs on the State Water Project, and those efforts are starting to pay off” said David Fenn, Board President and a Beaumont real estate broker.  “With some large debt service balloon payments coming up in a few years, we want to make sure that we have the reserves on hand to pay them without raising taxes further, but we feel confident that we can return some money to local property owners and still make those balloon payments”, Fenn said.

The property tax imposed by the Agency, granted prior to Proposition 13 in 1978, is used to pay for debt service, operations, and maintenance costs for the State Water Project.  The Agency purchases water from the California Department of Water Resources and conveys it through the California Aqueduct to sell to retail water agencies, who use it to replenish local groundwater basins.  Without the imported water, those basins would not be sustainable sources of water.

The reduction is the first for the Agency since 1992.  The tax rate started a gradual increase after that to cover the cost of constructing the East Branch Extension, the 20-mile pipeline that brings State Water Project water to the Pass from its delivery point in San Bernardino.  The project was constructed in two phases and construction is being completed this summer.  From 2000 through last year, the Board raised the rate only once to cover these construction costs, in 2011.

Many State Water Contractors, as agencies who purchase water through the Project are called, utilize property taxes to pay all or part of the debt service and operations and maintenance costs for the Project, which began construction in the 1960’s.  These costs total over $1 billion per year.  The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of only 29 such agencies in the State.  Together, they must pay the $1 billion each year.  The State General Fund is not used to pay for any part of the State Water Project.

The rate reduction will result in a cost savings for a $300,000 home of $7.50 per year.  “We know that’s not a lot of money to some people, but we believe this will be the first of a series of reductions over the next several years, and we wanted to get started sooner rather than later,” said Fenn.

The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is a regional water supplier, wholesale water agency, and State Water Contractor who purchases water from the California Department of Water Resources, conveys it several hundred miles through the California Aqueduct, and sells it to local retail water agencies to replenish groundwater basins in the Pass.  Its service area includes the cities of Calimesa, Beaumont, and Banning, as well as the incorporated areas of Cherry Valley, Cabazon, the Banning Bench, and Poppet Flat.

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For further information, contact Jeff Davis, General Manager, at 951/845-2577, or via email at jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Approved Water Supply Agreement

The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency has taken a huge step in assuring a prosperous future for the region by approving a water supply agreement with the Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency (AVEK).  The agreement provides for an additional 1700 acre-feet of water for a period of twenty years, with a possible renewal for an additional 20 years.  The water will serve between 3000 and 5000 homes per year, depending on home and lot size.  “We have been working on securing additional supplies for several years now, and we were fortunate to be able to procure this 100% reliable water supply” said Board President David Fenn, a Beaumont real estate broker.

The water originally belonged to a farming interest in Kern County.  It is available even in dry years.  AVEK acquired it last year from CV communities, a Kern County developer.  The Pass Agency approached AVEK earlier this year to determine its interest in a long-term lease.

“SGPWA showed real leadership in their role as a regional water agency whose responsibility is water supply reliability for their constituents” noted Doug Headrick, General Manager of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, another regional water supplier.  The water will improve reliability of the existing water supply, as well as provide additional supplies that could be used to serve future development.

Pass Agency customers are pleased with the action.   “The Pass Agency is working hard to ensure water reliability for all of its residents. This new agreement is proof of the Agency’s dedication and will help to guarantee our water supply in the future” said Daniel Slawson, President of the Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District, the Pass Agency’s largest customer.

The Agency Board must still determine how to finance the additional supplies.  They will hold a public workshop to discuss the funding issue in July.

Additional water supplies, especially surface water supplies, are going to become increasingly important in the future as the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is implemented.  The law, passed by the legislature in 2014, provides that plans be in place by 2022 for most groundwater basins in the state to be sustainable.  In effect, the law will allow less pumping of groundwater in the future, which means more use of surface water to meet growing statewide water demands.

The growing Pass area will need additional supplies, even with this acquisition.  “This is the first of many water deals that we will be making over the next couple of years” said President Fenn.  “We are already looking down the road to procure more supplies.  Our 2015 urban water management plan identified the need, and now it is our job to go out and obtain those supplies for our customers.”

The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is a regional water wholesaler and State Water Contractor based in Beaumont.  It serves imported water to retail water purveyors from Calimesa to Cabazon, a growing area of over 200 square miles with nearly 100,000 residents.

 

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State Water Project Allocation Increased to 60%

SACRAMENTO – With runoff from spring storms boosting reservoir levels, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients to 60 percent of requests for the calendar year.  Click here to read more.