North Bay Water
Supervisors Chris Coursey and James Gore are holding a special Sonoma Water board meeting on Monday February 28th at 8:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chamber in Santa Rosa to learn about proposed wholesale water rates and infrastructure challenges.
Sonoma Water is responsible for the regional water system. The system provides water to Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, Windsor and the North Marin, Marin Municipal and Valley of the Moon water districts. These districts distribute water to more than 600,000 people. Most of this drinking water comes from the Russian River supply system. Water is stored in two major reservoirs: Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. It is then pumped from large wells on the banks of the river near Forestville, treated and delivered to communities through nearly 80 miles of underground pipes.
Currently Sonoma Water charges the local water provider approximately $0.003 (about 1/3 of a penny) a gallon, which costs a typical household about $25 a month. The revenues collected do not adequately fund the needs of the drinking-water infrastructure. Therefore, Sonoma Water is proposing to increase wholesale water rates by one-tenth of a cent per gallon to pay for upgrades such as (cathodic protection which keeps steel pipes from rusting, pump and valve replacements, water treatment improvement projects and storage tank maintenance). New rates would also help pay for emergency response planning and training, reduce impacts on endangered fish and increase investments in hazard mitigation. All of this work is identified as a priority of Sonoma Water as identified in the five year strategic plan.
This just might be a good meeting to go to.
I GET MOST OF MY EXERCISE THESE DAYS FROM SHAKING MY HEAD IN DISBELIEF!