AMWC is governed by; The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB); The California Corporations Code and Laws; The California Secretary of State; The California State Legislature in Sacramento and The Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication 2015 Ruling (which includes the new Water Master regulations).
It is the goal of our staff and board members to meet and adhere to the above governing agencies' many requirements while also continually working to keep the ever-rising maintenance and general costs down as much as possible.
The combination of the Assembly Bills AB54 & AB240 put in place by Sacramento as well as the new Water Master guidelines that were put in place as a result of the AV Groundwater Adjudication Ruling are the main driving forces behind the water rate changes we have had to recently make.
However, the age of our infrastructure is also playing a role in these new rates as we try to plan for the future while maintaining the current availability of water to our community.
Most of our infrastructure is about 30-35 years old with the remaining much older than that.
From January of 2016 through July of 2017, our infrastructure replacement and repair costs have been over $69,000.00 with the bulk of these being within the last 9 months.
1. Replaced; a check valve, a main line valve, 23 meters and several meter boxes and lids.
2. Repaired throughout the District; 2 main line breaks, 3 large leaks and several smaller leaks in the district, with some of the repairs being on the streets that have asphalt (which increases the cost of the repairs significantly).3. Repaired at Both Well Sites; Electrical issues, items for the wells, water treatment systems, and booster pump items.
4. Replaced the batteries on the Emergency Generator.
As we plan for the replacement of our current infrastructure; water pipes, connections, valves, meters, etc. we also need to keep in mind the water treatment system, wells, well pumps, storage tanks and pressure tanks and electrical items that will need attention soon as well.
Just to give you an idea of what we, as a community are facing, the average cost for pipe replacement is about $750,000 per mile and we have roughly 10 miles of pipe in our district.
The good news is..... we are looking into alternative energy sources to help offset some costs.
We are also in the process of applying for grants from the State. If we are approved, it will help offset some of the cost of our urgently needed infrastructure upgrades. Information pertaining to the progress of this application will be posted on the website as information comes in.