Tell the Board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District: “Take the First Step Against Skyrocketing Water Rates: Stop Wasting Public Money on a $2.5 Billion Boondoggle”
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On May 11th, the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara Valley Water District (“Valley Water”) will vote on a big water rate hike.
It gets worse: the proposed more than 9% increase is merely the first of several wholesale water rate increases exceeding 146% over the next decade – as described in the Valley Water District’s capital plan (1). It should come as no surprise, since we’ve already endured a 142% jump in Valley Water District’s water rates since 2011 (2).
We have a simple proposal for the Valley Water Board: you can reduce rate hikes by stopping wasteful spending. We can start with a wasteful $2.5 billion dam – the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion – that the Water District’s own experts publicly assert will provide “no new water supply,” and “no long-term drought supply (3).”
Join us in urging Valley Water District to reduce the more than 9% rate increase by declining to include any part of the cost of the $2.5 billion Pacheco Dam in this year’s capital plan.
1. Santa Clara Valley Water District (“Valley Water”), Protection and Augmentation of Water Supplies 2021, p. 46
2. Invoices/advice letters from Valley Water to San Jose Municipal Water System, 2011-2021
3. Valley Water District, Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Workshop, Staff Presentation at April 14, 2021 Special Meeting , slide 14.