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Water Study & Other Related Matters

Water Study & Other Related Matters

Water Rate Study Report & Presentations

Water Rates Study City Council Presentation Feb 5 2019 

Draft Water Rate Study Report Jan 2019

Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Dec 2018
Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Nov 2018
Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Oct 25 2018
Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Oct 11 2018
Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Sept 2018
Water Ad Hoc Committee Presentation Aug 2018

Agendas & Minutes

Schedule for Rate Increase Adoption - FY 2019-2024

January 8, 2019 City Council Workshop Meeting (Closed)
February 5, 2019 Public Meeting - Presentation and Public Comments on Rate Study
March 19, 2019 Public Meeting  - Presentation and Public Comments on Rate Study
March 20, 2019 Proposition 218 - 45 Day Notification - Mail to All Customers
May 7, 2019 City Council Meeting - Public Hearing, Resolution and Adoption

Revised: 2/13/2019

Why do a Rate Study?

The last water rate study was completed in 2013 and included a phased five-year rate increase ending in Fiscal Year 2017-18.  The programmed water rates were designed to meet anticipated ongoing maintenance and operation costs, and provide sufficient funding for water system related upgrades and replacement projects.

Many of the revenue and expenditure estimates included in the 2013 study were based on 2011 and 2012 projections.  Subsequently, the City faced many challenges arising from the multi-year drought and mandated water conservation.  In addition, the Orange County Water District has implemented the final expansion of the Ground Water Replenishment System which will result in an increase of the City’s share of the Replenishment Assessment.  These and other cost factors support an update of the City’s water rates.  The study will again review anticipated cost increases for maintenance and operations, as well as robust funding for the water system infrastructure. 

The goal of the study is to ensure that the revenues cover the cost of services, meet the debt coverage requirements, and provide revenue for capital improvements.

 

The graph below shows the aging water pipeline by decade in the City.

 

Funding for Capital Improvement Projects

The City of Fullerton has approximately 32,000 water service connections and maintains 423 miles of potable water mains with 10 wells and 15 reservoirs on 12 pressure zones.

 

 

Need for Reliable Infrastructure