Every day, the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, a service we share with six other entities, treats 55 million gallons of wastewater a day, 25 percent coming from the Granger-Hunter Water Improvement District.
It’s an operation that also supplies drinking water through 26,000 connections, seven wells, 25 million gallons of water storage and nearly 400 miles of piping.
While we take pride in our district’s growth since starting with 312 connections in the early 1950′s, the enormity of our mission also brings a strong sense of responsibility, to our customers, to our environment, and to our future. You have trusted us with stewardship of a precious resource.
And it’s one we must financially share through a rate increase as we bring our wastewater operation to the high standards you’ve come to expect. A number of factors, from the need for new technology to corrosion of aging infrastructure and pending regulation changes, call for $250 million in improvements in the next 20 years.
We are responsible for $57 million, which we propose to raise in part through an increase that will cost an average household in our district $5 a month or $60 a year. We will hold a public hearing on the increase and a board meeting to adopt it on Dec. 13. You can also learn more through a brochure we’ve posted on our website, ghid.org.
Construction will begin in 2017 and while we predict the plant will become operational in 2025, we believe the improvements made will allow us to meet new regulations that call for us to cut the current nutrient levels in our wastewater in half by 2020.
It’s never easy to raise rates but in this case, it’s the responsible course to take. It’s an investment in our future, not only in continuing to provide quality service but in better preserving a viable source for our children and grandchildren.