The District expects a long-term reduction in water use habits as our customers become more efficient. This expected reduction in water use is one of the reasons the District must raise rates in order to recover sufficient revenues to maintain high quality water service.
During times of drought, the District may be required to reduce demands even further. For instance, in response to the 2021 statewide drought the California State Water Resources Control Board required the District to reduce overall water demand by 20 percent compared to 2020 usage levels. Such a decrease in demand reduces the amount of expected revenues generated by existing water rates.
The District's demand reduction rates will maintain financial stability and high quality water service during future periods of additional planned demand reduction. Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 represent potential future rate adjustments to address a 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% planned reduction in demands. Demand reduction rates cannot be automatically implemented - they require separate action by the Board of Directors before they take effect. Demand reduction rates do not apply to recycled water customers.