Our Cucamonga Valley Water District has over $220 million in long-term debt. This is a fact that is very concerning to me, especially when recognizing how they have more than doubled our meter charges over the last 7 years. Since CVWD is a public utility, that debt is also YOUR DEBT!!
I will make a point to not vote to approve projects and expenditures that are wasting the money that my fellow CVWD customers are spending for our water.
As a member of the CVWD Board of Directors, I would be the ONLY one that would live south of Foothill Blvd. As the communities south of Foothill represent a substantial amount of the CVWD customers , I feel that they should have adequate representation on the Board of Directors.
I am willing to be a fellow resident who lives south of Foothill to be a voice for you, and for working families.
The current members of the CVWD Board of Directors will often tout that we have fairly low water rates. What they don't tell you is that we also have some of the highest additional fees and charges that are added to our bills after those rates are calculated.
PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A COMPARISON OF A CVWD BILL AND ONE FROM WEST VALLEY WATER DISTRICT
As I've talked to many people, I have become aware of the fact that many seniors, who are on fixed incomes, struggle with their water bills. This is espeically true when factoring in how high their bills can become after the fees and charges that are added to our bills, on top of the rates for our actual water usage.
I would encourage the CVWD staff to explore ways to create a path for seniors to get a reduced water meter charge, especially if they are only using 2 to 3 units of water per month.
CVWD has been involved in a couple of legal cases over the last 4 years, which they have wasted millions of dollars on attorney's fees for.
One case is where CVWD is a co-defendant with Fontana Union Water Company, who was sued by several other water agencies for secretly pumping out more ground water than they were supposed to be.
The other case is where CVWD was part of an agreement between multiple other local agencies, and the Chino Basin Watermaster to reduce the amount of water that each party was allowed to pump out of the Chino Basin each year. After the agreement was already worked out, CVWD joined with a few other agencies to sue all of the other agencies to change a small part of the agreement. Basically the biggest thing they wanted was for water rights that wasn't used by agriculture to be re-distributed to the other agencies, which is something that likely could've been worked out in the original agreement instead of tying everyone up in court for several years.
The City of Rancho Cucamonga is in the process of allowing extensive development of more than 2000 residences in the old Empire Lakes area that's along 6th Street by Milliken Avenue. They are also working on a plan to annex from San Bernardino county, over 4000 acres of open land that's north of the 210 freeway, around Los Osos High School. This annexation has the potential for another 2700 to 3000 homes.
CVWD has indicated that they can readily provide the water needed to sustain these huge expansions to Rancho Cucamonga. What most people don't realize is that additional water will have to be imported from the Metropolitan Water District, which comes at a higher cost than the water in the ground below us, and that comes out of the canyons above us.
I will push CVWD to take a closer look at the impact these developments can have on our water resources, and to work with the developers and the City to find ways to lessen those impacts.