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.

New Meeting Times

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Beaumont – Water Agency Establishes New Meeting Times.

The Board of Directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency established new meeting times for its regular board meetings and workshops. Beginning January 1st, 2016 meeting times are as follows:

Regular Board Meetings: Regular meetings of the Board will convene at 7:00 PM on the first and third Monday of each month. (changed from 1:30 pm)

Engineering Workshop: Meetings of the Board of Directors Engineering Workshop will convene at 4:00 PM on the second Monday of each month. (changed from 1:30 pm)

Finance and Budget Workshop: Meetings of the Board Finance and Budget Workshop will convene at 4:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month. (changed from 1:30 pm)

The purpose of the time changes is to increase transparency and to encourage more participation by members of the public.

The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, based in Beaumont, is a wholesale water agency and State Water Contractor whose mission is to import supplemental water and to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area from Calimesa to Cabazon.

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The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is a State Water Contractor and wholesale water agency that imports water and delivers it to retail water agencies in the Pass region to replenish local groundwater basins.

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

State Water Project Initial Allocation 10%

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is initially approving 422,848 acre-feet (AF) of Table A water for long-term State Water Project (SWP) contractors in 2016.  Click here to read more.

Board Member Re-Elected to ACWA’s Region 9 Board of Directors

Mary Ann Melleby SGPWA BOD

San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Director Mary Ann Melleby to join 
Association of California Water Agencies Board of Directors in January 2016

Beaumont, CA (November 10, 2015) — Mary Ann Melleby, a member of the board of directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, was recently re-elected to the board of directors for Region 9 of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.  Melleby’s two year term begins January 2016.

“I look forward to continue serving on ACWA’s Region 9 board to support the mission and goals of ACWA and to be involved in the effort to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest of Region 9 water agencies,” said Melleby.
Melleby has also served as a member of ACWA’s statewide communications committee since 2012.  She was appointed to the board of directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency to fill a vacant at-large position in April 2011, and in November 2012 she was elected to a four-year term of office.

ACWA’s nearly 440 public agency members are collectively responsible for 90 percent of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.  The agency’s mission is “to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.”

Association of California Water AgenciesACWA’s membership is organized into 10 regions based upon number of agencies, geography and the interests of each region.  Region 9 is comprised of 49 ACWA-member public water agencies within San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties.  The region, which covers roughly 32,000 square miles, is home to a population of just over 4.2 million.

The role of ACWA Region 9 is “to support ACWA goals through grassroots efforts by conducting outreach, communication, and education through briefings, events and tours.”

Melleby joins other Region 9 board of directors members, including:   Chair G. Patrick O’Dowd, Coachella Valley Water District; Vice Chair Harvey Ryan, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District; and board members Joe Kuebler, Eastern Municipal Water District; Jim Ventura, Mojave Water Agency; James Morales Jr., East Valley Water District; and Steven Farrell, Crestline Village Water District.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

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

Agency Updates Web Site

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BEAUMONT – The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency’s updated web site went live on Friday, October 23, said General Manager Jeff Davis.

The updated web site is more user-friendly than the previous version, has more information available directly from the home page, and has updated graphics.  The new site will be managed by Agency staff, so that future updates and additional information can be provided in house, instead of having to rely on a webmaster.  In addition, the web site is now designed to be viewable from mobile cellular devices and tablets.

“We have received a lot of kudos for our water conservation page, which has links to many other water conservation pages, including fun and educational sites for children,” noted Director Mary Ann Melleby, who devised and managed numerous water education and conservation programs during her career in the water industry.

“We are excited about this upgrade,” said President John Jeter.  This will make it even easier for anyone to find out about us and what we are doing.  We also have links to each of the retail water agencies in our service area, so this is really a one-stop shop for water information for Pass residents.”

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The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is a State Water Contractor and wholesale water agency that imports water and delivers it to retail water agencies in the Pass region to replenish local groundwater basins.

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