April 12, 2016 — This afternoon, the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) rejected a proposed fee increase that would have increased the cost of MWD’s treated water by up to 62 percent in 2017.

While Helix Water District operates its own treatment plant, a number of San Diego County water agencies, including Padre Dam and Otay water districts in east county, purchase water treated by MWD.

The decision by MWD’s board followed testimony against the increase from numerous stakeholders, including Helix Board President, DeAna Verbeke, and San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce General Manager, Eric Lund.

In lieu of the proposed fee, the MWD board voted to continue the agency’s surcharge for water treatment, which will reach $313 per acre foot of treated water in 2017. One acre foot of water is equivalent to the average annual use of two single family homes in Southern California.

The MWD board went on to approve a two year budget of $1.65 billion in fiscal year 2016-17 and $1.69 billion in fiscal year 2017-18. The budget includes a minimum of $100 million in funding for water conservation rebates over the next two years.

Read the San Diego Union Tribune’s April 11, 2016 Editorial

 

Photo of Helix board president, DeAna Verbeke, and San Diego East County Chamber General Manager, Eric Lund, after lobbying for east county at MWD board meeting.

Helix board president, DeAna Verbeke, and San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce General Manager, Eric Lund, after petitioning MWD board.