For the Agency’s policy on service discontinuation, see the SB 998 tab at the top of the page or go to this link http://southfeather.com/sb998.
Delayed Start of 2023 Irrigation Season
The 2023 irrigation season has been delayed to support mutual aid efforts with the North Yuba Water District (NYWD) on the Upper Forbestown Ditch. This section of conveyance is critical to both SFWPA & NYWD to efficiently convey raw water to their irrigation customers and both districts’ treatment plant reservoirs, respectively.
In addition, both districts have greatly benefitted from a heavy precipitation year, including a couple very productive late season storms.
With heavy consideration and a focus of future sustainability, the modified start dates of the 2023 irrigation season are as follows:
SFWPA Upper and Lower Forbestown Ditch: 05/08/2023
Bangor Canal and surrounding conveyance: Estimated 04/20/2023
Palermo Canal and surrounding conveyance: Estimated 04/20/2023
SFWPA appreciates your understanding.
ATTENTION: SFWPA will be resuming its shut-off process per SB 998 requirements in January 2023.
For information on our delinquency process please visit our page on SB998.
Save Water. Save California
As you know, California is facing serious water challenges. In the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, we are highlighting these tips:
- Even tiny leaks can be huge water wasters
- Water plant, NOT pavement
- Use less water by using drought tolerant plants
North Yuba Water District sues SFWPA
A press release regarding the complaint filed by North Yuba Water District against South Feather Water and Power Agency along with a timeline of the conflict can be found here on the NYWD link above or https://southfeather.com/nywd
“North Yuba Water District Sues South Feather Water Power Authority for Breach of Contract”
“Brownsville, CA – June 18, 2020 – Thursday, North Yuba Water District (NYWD) filed a lawsuit against South Feather Water and Power Authority (SFWPA) asserting a number of legal issues, including breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.” — 6/18/2021… North Yuba Water District | Legislative & Legal Affairs (nywd.org)
In an effort to reach more customers, South Feather Water and Power Agency has created this communication page. If you would like more information on the topics below, please fill out the contact information and select the categories of most interest to you. As information becomes available we will send the articles to your email address.
- Agency News: Events, elections, history and financial updates
- Outage – Irrigation: Irrigation seasons, emergency and planned irrigation outages
- Outage – Potable: Issues regarding water quality, planned and emergency domestic water outages.
- Water Conservation: Methods of conservation, tips and legislation
How Do I Apply for Water?
Please see our new page on applying for water service at “How do I find out if water is available on my property?“
Get the Facts: Lead and California’s Drinking Water
2014 Appropriations Limit
This notice contains South Feather Water and Power’s proposed resolution for the May 27, 2014 board meeting. This resolution will establish the 2014 Appropriation Limit.
Public Notice: Appropriation Limits
The Board of Directors will consider adopting the attached resolution at its meeting on January 28, 2014 to establish the appropriation limit of the Agency at $910,897 for Fiscal Year 2013.
PDF – Resolution: 20140128_Appr_Limit
Now Pay Online
South Feather Water and Power Agency now offers a web payments system. Click “Bill Pay” in the top right hand corner of the website to be taken to the new web portal. This web payment system allows for payments by credit or debit card, check, Venmo and PayPal 24 hours a day. Customers may also access bill, payment, and usage history for each account. Try the new web payment system now.
South Feather Water & Power
Water Rates Reduced
The cost of water for customers of South Feather Water and Power Agency (SFWPA) will be less in 2012.
The average homeowner receiving water from SFWPA will pay $100 less in 2012 as a result of action taken recently by SFWPA’s Board of Directors. Beginning January 1, the cost of treated water will drop from 64¢ per unit down to 53¢ (a unit is 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons). The rate will drop again in 2014 down to 42¢, and then again in 2017 down to 35¢.
For many years, SFWPA has been subsidizing the expense of treating and delivering water to its customers. The Agency will spend $2.62 million in 2011 for this purpose, with only $2.2 million being billed to customers. Revenue from the sale of electricity has been used to make up the difference. The reduction in rates that will go into effect in 2012 will reduce water-sales revenue and, by 2017, about $1 million of power revenue annually will be used to subsidize water treatment and delivery expenses.
Jim Edwards, SFWPA’s Board President, explained that the rate reduction was made possible by the increased revenue that is now coming from a new power purchase agreement between SFWPA and PG&E. He said, “We’ve been planning this change in rates for several years now, and are excited to finally be able to reduce the cost of water for our customers.”
SFWPA’s rate structure that has been in place for over two decades has two tiers. Customers are charged 64¢ per unit for up to 100 units of water consumed (748,000 gallons). The price then drops to 25¢ per unit for all consumption beyond the first 100 units. The new rate structure will drop the price for the first 100 units from 64¢ in three stages down to 35¢ in 2017 (53¢ in 2012, and 42¢ in 2014). At the same time, the second-tier price will increase in three stages from 25¢ to 35¢ per unit in 2017 (28¢ in 2012, and 31¢ in 2014). By the time the third stage is implement in 2017, customers will pay only 35¢ per unit, regardless of the amount they consume.